• Other Therapies

Radiation Treatment Technologies Unduplicated in the Region

The team of physicians at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center (NROC) offers the most comprehensive, advanced radiation therapy technologies available in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Doctors at NROC carefully advise patients about which type of radiation therapy is most effective for their type and stage of cancer.  Radiation treatment and treatment planning technologies available at NROC include:

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Radioactive Iodine 1-131 therapy and Follow-up Clinic:  NROC physicians provide radioactive iodine treatment (I 131) for people who require this highly specialized therapy and follow-up care after the entire or partial removal of their thyroid because of cancer.  Regional Hospital of Scranton, which is an NROC partner, is the only facility in Lackawanna County licensed and equipped for the inpatient stay that is necessary for this procedure. 
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Radioimmunotherapy:  NROC physicians provide the state-of-the-art radioimmunotherapy for patients with certain types of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Also known as “liquid radiation”, radioimmunotherapy is available in Northeastern Pennsylvania only at NROC.

Radioisotope Therapy:  NROC physicians provide a sophisticated new radiation treatment known as radioisotope therapy for patients who are experiencing bone pain as a result of the spread of their cancer.  Radioisotope treatments are available in Northeastern Pennsylvania only at NROC.
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Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Radiotherapy:  NROC physicians provide these two highly specialized stereotactic radiation treatment options for patients with certain types of brain tumors.
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Hyperthermia:  Northeast Radiation Oncology Center is one of only two locations in Pennsylvania where patients can benefit from Hyperthermia Therapy.  Hyperthermia therapy is a treatment used in battling cancer by heating tumors.  This therapy in combination with radiation therapy has been evaluated in clinical studies for the treatment of a number of different cancers that are progressive or recurrent despite conventional therapy.  These cancers include breast and chest wall, prostate, melanoma, head/neck, sarcomas and others.

Heat (108 F) kills or weakens the cells of the tumor.  Heat increases blood flow through the weakened tumor, which can allow therapies to permeate the tumor, not just attack it from the outside.  Increased blood flow raises oxygen levels in tumors so the cancer can be more effectively treated by radiation therapy.  When the body senses fever, it stimulates the natural immune system, attacking the cancerous cells.