RadOnc News

Dr Lacombe

Welcome Our New Radiation Oncologist

The Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael A. LaCombe, MD as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology. Dr. LaCombe will see patients at University Hospital and the Hill Radiation Oncology office.

After receiving his undergraduate training at the University of Rochester majoring in biology, Dr. LaCombe went on to earn his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. LaCombe completed residency training at Northwestern University Medical School.

Dr. LaCombe comes to the Department of Radiation Oncology from the Radiation Medicine Institute in Evanston, IL. He will be specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancers in addition to general radiation oncology.


Calypso

RadOnc Acquires GPS Technology to Treat Prostate Cancer

External beam radiation therapy has been an option for treating prostate cancer for many years. Now, for the first time ever, doctors have a way to monitor the tumor location during treatment. The Calypso® 4D Localization SystemTM, referred to as GPS for the Body®, enables doctors to focus the delivery of radiation to the tumor while minimizing damage to the healthy surrounding tissues.

Please see Calypso for additional information.

For more information, call Upstate Connect at 315 464-8668 or TOLL FREE: 800 464-8668, or you may contact us directly at 315 464-5276.


Theraview

Oswego County Radiation Oncology now providing Image Guided Radiation Therapy

Oswego County Radiation Oncology has completed the installation of the Theraview Electronic Portal Imaging System. The Theraview system facilitates precise radiation treatment delivery through the use of Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Immediately prior to each radiation treatment, the system takes a real-time x-ray image of the patient and compares it to the reference image. Theraview then instructs the therapist of any changes, thereby allowing the re-positioning of the patient, as necessary, to ensure the delivery of radiation is accurate.

This latest technology allows delivery of intense doses of radiation to complex target areas while minimizing the dose to surrounding healthy tissue and critical structures. Please see IGRT for additional information.

For more information, call Health Connections at 315 464-8668 or TOLL FREE: 800 464-8668, or you may contact us directly at 315 464-5276.


RapidArc

RapidArc—Now Available at Hill Radiation Oncology

RapidArcTM radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems is a new approach to image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) that delivers precise treatments in shorter times than conventional IMRT.

RapidArc represents a major medical advance and is more comfortable for patients because they spend less time in their daily treatments. A fast, precise RapidArc treatment takes less than two minutes. Patients can be in and out of treatment quickly and return to their daily routine. Please see RapidArc for additional information.

For more information, call Health Connections at 315 464-8668 or TOLL FREE: 800 464-8668, or you may contact us directly at 315 464-5276.

NEW CLINICAL TRIAL

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer?

You Have Options: Upstate is studying an investigational device designed to reduce the amount of radiation healthy tissue is exposed to during prostate cancer radiation treatment. Learn More...