Diagnosed with lung cancer, Betty Williams, one of the first patients to have chemotherapy at The Compton Center, is back in the swing of life. Betty completed all of her treatment—surgery, radiation and chemotherapy at Atrium Medical Center. “I’m doing great now!” she said.
At The Compton Center, you sense a different kind of cancer care. “Our center is wellness-based, rather than illness-based,” said Debbie Gibson, RN, BSN, OCN, manager for the Compton Infusion Center.
The Compton Center’s skilled team is taking aim at cancer using some of the most powerful tumor-targeting weapons available. Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) delivers radiation based on the exact size, shape and position of tumors. Intensity guided radiation therapy (IGRT) uses computerized tomography (CT scan) imaging to accurately map and treat tumors previously considered difficult or impossible to reach. High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy places sources of high-energy radiation directly inside the body, as close as possible to the tumor.
What Does This Mean for Patients?
“A more potent dose with fewer side effects,” said radiation oncologist Ryan D. Steinmetz, MD. “This leading-edge technology, found nowhere else in the region, allows us to deliver radiation in a way that reduces toxicity while delivering a higher dose so more cancer cells are killed.”
The latest national clinical research is also taking place at the center. Through the NCI-funded Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP), eligible patients can access the same cutting-edge treatments available at the nation’s leading cancer centers right in their community.
“Many drugs now in clinical trials are more effective at targeting cancer and easier to tolerate,” said research nurse Phyllis Rudokas, OCN, CCRP. “The new targeted therapies are very exciting.”
“When I was first diagnosed, I said, ‘Cancer isn’t going to hold me down. It’s not going to stop me,’” said Betty. “But I don’t think I would have been able to put up such a fight if not for the people at The Compton Center. They encouraged me, built my spirits up and gave me hope.”