Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. But that doesn’t mean that all breast cancer is the same - each breast tumor is unique, as are the needs and challenges of each breast cancer patient.
At Ackerman Cancer Center, we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can best address their unique physical, social, emotional, and financial needs to give them the best potential for a cure. Call us at 904-880-5522 to find out more about how radiation therapy can help you defeat breast cancer.
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Breast cancer treatment is determined by a number of factors including the patient’s overall health, the type of cancer, the location of the cancer in the breast, whether or not the cancer has spread, the cancer cell subtype, the aggressiveness of the cancer, the genetic makeup of the tumor, and whether or not the cancer is sensitive to female hormones.
Most breast cancers are treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery or a combination of the three. Hormonal therapy and targeted therapies may also be used to treat specific types of cancer.
Ackerman Cancer Center will work closely with you, and other cancer specialists, to determine the best treatment for you and your breast cancer. The Center is committed to delivering the highest level of breast cancer care available in Northeast Florida and is equipped with some of the most advanced radiation therapy delivery systems available today including:
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the x-ray beams travel through the tumor destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. While proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
3D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique used to deliver radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, the radiation is delivered through several beams matched to the shape of the tumor.
AccuBoost® is often used in conjunction with breast conservation therapy. This breast radiotherapy uses real-time mammogram technology to pinpoint the lumpectomy site. The treatment delivers a high or “boost” dose of radiation to the tumor cavity margin, while protecting surrounding healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is a form of internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy. A catheter is inserted into the cavity that remains after lumpectomy surgery. During treatment, a radioactive source is inserted into the catheter and delivers radiation to the lumpectomy site to kill any breast cancer cell that may remain.
Types of APBI performed at Ackerman Cancer Center include SAVI™, MammoSite® and Contura™.
Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that allows a higher dose of radiation to be delivered directly to the tumor, the area near it, or the site following tumor removal. This approach helps protect surrounding healthy tissue. Types of brachytherapy performed at Ackerman Cancer Center include prostate seed implants, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) and Valencia® for skin cancer.
Electron Radiotherapy is a form of external beam radiation. Electrons are delivered to the tumor site using a linear accelerator.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are radiation therapy approaches that utilize multiple imaging and motion management techniques to precisely deliver radiation to tumors.
IMRT uses beams of radiation with multiple angles and varying intensities to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3D images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
For more than 25 years, Ackerman Cancer Center has had the privilege of caring for patients during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In return, patients at the Center are guaranteed personalized care from some of the most respected, most highly-qualified radiation oncologists in the state.
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For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.
At the heart of every single treatment delivered at Ackerman Cancer Center, is a patient whose life has been impacted by cancer. Meet Maria. Her story brings hope and encouragement to others battling this difficult disease. Listen as she shares her experience.
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Wonderful, fabulous caring staff! Dr. Ackerman is the greatest. I had proton for left-sided breast cancer, and I am cancer free now. I highly recommend you look into Proton therapy at Ackerman Cancer Center - you cannot go wrong. Wonderful professional and family type atmosphere. There is a nutrition specialist on staff, Karen, who will guide you in your fight against cancer by eating the correct foods and finding recipes that contain foods that you like to eat. I originally went elsewhere for my surgery and chemotherapy - but they did not have proton for left-sided breast cancer. You must preserve your heart from damage. Proton does that.
The medical professionals at Ackerman Cancer Center mean the world to me. I was treated for Breast Cancer at Ackerman Cancer Center’s Amelia Island office. I received the best of care and could not be more grateful to them for helping me through this. Thanks again for the healing that went beyond the physical. I got just as much (if not more) out of the times when you laughed with me, cried with me, hugged me.
Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call (904) 880.5522.