Radiation Oncology

The latest technology

tomotherapy

Conventional radiation treatment devices are at the end of an evolutionary path that began more than a century ago. Our center, in contrast, uses The TomoTherapy® Hi·Art® treatment system.

The system relies on secure centralized database software for treatment planning, quality assurance, patient set-up and treatment delivery. While conventional radiation therapy machines use five to nine beam angles, the Hi·Art treatment system delivers radiation continuously from all angles around the patient. The increased beam angles, along with  more precise beam modulation, create dose distributions that conform to complex tumor shapes. In addition, the TomoTherapy System integrates the use of a CT Scanner for more accurate planning. Traditionally, a patient is imaged weekly during the course of radiation therapy. With the TomoTherapy system, the physician gains valuable information from daily low dose imaging. This practice enhances the accuracy of treatment and significantly reduces the amount of exposure to healthy tissue by providing daily information about the target’s location, shape and size.

Comfort in treatment

At the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center you can expect comfort and convenience. We are just steps from parking. Your privacy is important to us so we have private dressing rooms as well as comfortable separate waiting area for men and women.

 

Meet Our Physicians

Lawrence Koutcher, MD

Dr. Lawrence Koutcher received his medical degree from Cornell University, where he earned a National Cancer Institute Fellowship. Board certified in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Koutcher served as chief resident during his four-year residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s department of radiation oncology. He is currently medical director of PROS. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), and medical director of the Herb and Sue Ann Redl Center for Cancer Care at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center.

Dr. Koutcher is a member of ASTRO (the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) and NYSR (the New York Roentgen Society). He has published numerous abstracts and articles on current issues in cancer treatment, including IMRT for head and neck cancer, post-mastectomy radiation for breast cancer, and dose escalation in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

Elizabeth Tapen, MD

Dr. Tapen received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Camden, NJ. After completing an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, she performed her residency in radiation oncology at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Prior to joining PROS, Dr. Tapen was director of radiation oncology at Eviti, Inc. in Philadelphia, and also served as medical director for Ulster Radiation Oncology Center in Kingston, NY. She was also director of clinical research in the radiation oncology department of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, CA.

Board certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Tapen has published research in prostate, lung, skin and breast cancer.