Dreiling Schmidt Radiation Oncology
The Radiation Oncology team at HaysMed is led by Radiation Oncologist Dr. Babu Prasad, MD. The radiation oncology department also utilizes the services of a medical physicist, certified medical dosimetrists, registered radiation therapists, an oncology certified nurse, and support staff including a full-time licensed social worker.
Radiation therapy is a specialized type of treatment, typically for cancer, that uses a targeted beam(s) of radiation to a localized area. The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is the proud new owner of a linear accelerator equipped with improved image guidance (IGRT) in addition to stereotactic radiation therapy (SBRT) capabilities. Image guidance, which has been used in the department since 2007, aids the treating therapists in targeting the treatment area each day. And with stereotactic capabilities, certain patients can be offered a few high doses of radiation compared to standard fractionation courses of up to 9 weeks of treatment. All of these advancements help to target the tumor and minimize side effects to normal tissues.