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As an academic medical center, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin treats thousands of patients every year. Because our radiation oncologists have such extensive experience, they are able to offer a wide variety of innovative radiation therapies.
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin were the first in the region to use high dose rate brachytherapy, a kind of internal radiation, to treat gynecologic cancers. With high dose rate brachytherapy, a number of tiny catheters (tubes) are placed into and around the tumor, and a high dose of radiation is delivered through the catheters to the tumor. The entire treatment takes hours instead of days. Image guidance is used to target the tumor and avoid adjacent normal tissues.
Froedtert & The Medical College were also the first healthcare facility in the nation to be named a “Tomotherapy Center of Excellence,” and are expanding the use of image-guided radiation to improve patient outcomes while minimizing side effects. Imaging scans allow the radiation oncologist to deliver high doses of radiation precisely to the tumor location. (The tumor location can change slightly from day to day.) Our advanced technology enables us to target the tumor, while avoiding healthy tissue.