Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine has improved the quality of cancer care in Lake County by connecting advanced technology with the expertise of some of the most experienced oncologists in the country.
Led by Harvard-trained physician Marc Posner, MD and Joy Coleman, MD, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine has exceptional resources to treat each patient needing radiation therapy. We are accredited by the Commission on Cancer for our progressive approach to treating cancer patients and by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for our radiation therapy program.
Radiation therapy has progressed significantly in recent years, due to the discovery of techniques that allow physicians to identify the precise locations of cancer cells and target radiation for maximum impact. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital takes full advantage of these techniques.
For example, treatment planning refers to systems that create computer images — sometimes in real-time — allowing physicians to see precisely where the tumor is, pinpoint its location and determine correct radiation doses.
In addition, we use targeted drug therapy to treat only the cancer cells and minimize damage to normal, healthy cells. Conventional cancer techniques cannot distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells; consequently, healthy cells are commonly damaged in the process of treating the cancer cells, which results in side effects.
However, new technology at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital allows us to sculpt radiation doses to the size, shape and location of the tumor. This can minimize damage to healthy cells, reduce side effects, improve outcomes — and provide you the best possible cancer treatment.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital offers some of the newest technology available in the fight against cancer, including:
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