Presbyterian Cancer Care’s radiation oncology practice has been a part of MD Anderson Physician Network since 2006, teaming with radiation oncologists from MD Anderson Cancer Center, a global leader in cancer care, to raise the bar for quality oncological care in the Albuquerque area.
Presbyterian MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Centers in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho offer MD Anderson’s full expertise in radiation oncology. MD Anderson trained radiation oncologists and support staff help provide the same quality of research-driven, patient-centered care, and world-renowned expertise, to patients in our community. This clinical extension includes planning and clinical program support, education and training, and research collaborations.
Radiation oncology is a specialty devoted to the treatment of cancer using radiation to kill cancer cells, eradicate tumors, and provide relief of cancer-related symptoms. Radiation oncologists prescribe and deliver radiation therapy treatments, work with members of the radiation therapy team to develop treatment plans, and ensure each treatment is administered safely and accurately.
Our equipment includes High Dose Rate (HDR) suites to offer brachytherapy, which is a method of delivering radiation to tumors by placing radioactive sources in close proximity to the tumor (“intracavitary” brachytherapy) or within the tumor itself (“interstitial brachytherapy). HDR can reduce treatment times from six to eight weeks of daily external radiation therapy to as little as three to 10 days, depending on the type of cancer being treated. If patients also need chemotherapy, HDR brachytherapy allows them to start that treatment sooner, possibly improving outcomes. Compared to conventional treatments, HDR brachytherapy can result in fewer side effects as well. After treatment, the radiation source is removed from the patient and the patient is no longer radioactive.