Center for Cancer Care: Radiation Oncology
Altoona Regional's Center for Cancer Care continues its long tradition of innovation with the addition of the Elekta Synergy® S linear accelerator with VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy) a revolutionary radiation treatment technology that is unique in its ability to target and kill tumors.
The Elekta Synergy® S linear accelerator allows your oncologist to track tumor movement, growth or shrinkage - on a daily basis - and instantly account for variations. The result is meticulous tumor localization prior to treatment.
Then, the Elekta Synergy® S uses highly advanced VMAT (Volume Modulated Arc Therapy) technology to lock-on to the tumor and deliver radiation precisely and quickly, protecting healthy surrounding tissue.
And the best part is that all of this — accurate localization and fast, precise treatment — takes only about 10 minutes.
At Altoona Regional, patients will see the most experienced cancer experts in the area. Joining our radiation oncology physician on staff are radiation therapists, nurses certified in oncology, licensed practical nurses, board-certified dosimetrists, board-certified physicists and secretarial staff. Our team is the largest radiation oncology staff in the region.
Our staff is also the region's most experienced, with more than 300 years of service in radiation oncology, or an average of 20 years experience per person. This caring team of professionals will stand by you through detection, treatment and recovery. With his team, Dr. Jack Schocker uses state-of-the-art radiation treatment and diagnostic methods, including: