Radiation Therapy at El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview (2024)

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Texas Oncology-El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview

1901 Grandview Ave.
El Paso, TX 79902

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1901 Grandview Ave.
El Paso
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The majority of our care is provided in an outpatient setting using customized therapies ranging from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to advanced technologies like immunotherapy, proton therapy, genetic testing, and genomic sequencing. Advanced treatments and best practices that come from a robust program of clinical trials and leading-edge research create the high caliber of care you’ll find at Texas Oncology.

Radiation Modalities

Texas Oncology-El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview offers a robust array of radiation modalities:

Imaging Equipment

  • >Computed Tomography (CT)

    Computed tomography (CT) is a quick and painless procedure that combines X-rays with computers to produce highly detailed cross-sectional pictures of your body. The images provide valuable information for staging your cancer or planning your treatments. Learn More.

    • >CT simulation

      After the initial consultation and decision to use radiation treatment, the next session is usually a planning session, which is called a simulation. Simulation is used to determine the radiation treatment fields and most of the treatment planning. Of all the visits to the radiation oncology facility, the simulation session may actually take the most time.

      The CT simulator does not deliver radiation treatment, but instead allows the radiation oncologist and technologists to see the area to be treated. Images are obtained and transferred to the planning system where a virtual 3D image of the patient is created, and the treatment delivery plan is developed.

      For the simulation session, temporary marks are made on your skin with markers to identify the treatment areas. The room is periodically darkened while the treatment fields are being set. Alignment is critical during simulation and is facilitated by lasers mounted on the wall and ceiling. Special individually constructed immobilization devices may be used to help achieve this alignment. While you may see red lines of light, the low energy lasers are for alignment purposes only and you will not feel burning or anything else from the laser light.

      Once the aspects of the treatment fields are set, the technologist will take special simulation X-rays representing the treatment fields. In most centers, the patient is given multiple “tattoos,” which mark the treatment fields and replace the marks previously made with magic markers. These tattoos are not elaborate and consist of no more than pinpricks followed by ink, appearing like a small freckle. Tattoos enable the radiation technologists to set up the treatment fields each day with precision, while allowing you to wash and bathe without worrying about obscuring the marks that indicate where treatment will be delivered.

      Sometimes several simulation sessions are necessary in order to optimize treatment and are often performed prior to planned “boost” or “reduced field” treatments as part of the overall treatment plan. Learn More.

    • >Diagnostic CT imaging

      A CT scan can help doctors diagnose cancer and identify a tumor’s shape, size, and location. Learn More.

CT Simulation Techniques

  • >3D simulations

    Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) is delivered by radiation beams positioned from different directions that are designed to match the shape of the tumor. This helps to reduce radiation damage to normal tissues and better kill the cancer by focusing the radiation dose on the tumor's exact shape and size. Learn More.

  • >4D CT scanning

    Four-dimensional computed tomography is a type of CT scanning which records multiple images over time. Images are mapped to the breathing cycle to give care teams more information about respiration and internal movement for treatment planning. Planning 4D-CT scans can be used to minimize target volumes for lung cancer radiotherapy. Learn More.

  • >Virtual Simulations

    Simulation is the first step in the radiation oncology treatment process and involves consultation with your physician and radiation therapy team to plan for treatment. Planning includes determining the correct body position for treatment, taking imaging scans, making reference marks for the positions on the skin, and virtual simulation. During virtual simulation, the images taken earlier in treatment planning are used to create a 3D model of your anatomy, including the tumor and its location, which augments an oncologist’s ability to plan the optimal course of treatment. Learn More.

External Radiation Therapy

  • >Conventional 2D, 3D, electron treatments
    • Conventional 2D– Conventional (2D) radiation therapy refers to the technique of radiation therapy where treatments are planned by defining a limited number of beams with the boundaries delineated on patient X-rays. Conventional 2D radiation therapy is typically used for palliative treatment.
    • 3D Conformal Radiation – A type of external beam radiation therapy, 3D conformal radiation therapy combines images from CT, MRI, and PET scans to plan the radiation treatment. Software analyzes the images and helps direct radiation beams to conform to the tumor’s shape.
    • Electron Treatments – Electron therapy uses electrons directed to the outer layers of the skin to cover the surface of the body. It does not go into deeper tissues or organs.

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  • >Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

    Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced form of non-invasive radiation treatment enabling radiation oncologists to precisely target tumor cells. It uses computed tomography (CT) to create 3D images and treatment plans to deliver targeted radiation beams of varying intensity to cancerous tumors. By using image-guidance technologies, your radiation oncologist can localize your treatment and minimize damage to surrounding tissue. Learn More.

  • >Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)

    Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) are non-surgical procedures that deliver precisely-targeted radiation at very high doses with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. SRS uses a computer-guided therapy system to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. SRS is ideal for otherwise inoperable tumors, such as those that cannot be treated by traditional surgical methods. SBRT is used in areas of the body other than the brain to treat malignant or benign small to medium size tumors. Learn More.

  • >Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)

    Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) are non-surgical procedures that deliver precisely-targeted radiation at very high doses with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. SRS uses a computer-guided therapy system to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. SRS is ideal for otherwise inoperable tumors, such as those that cannot be treated by traditional surgical methods. SBRT is used in areas of the body other than the brain to treat malignant or benign small to medium size tumors. Learn More.

  • >Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)

    Like stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) uses a computer-guided therapy system to deliver large doses of radiation. However, instead of a single session, radiation is delivered on multiple days divided into several doses. Learn More.

  • >Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT): Rapid ARC

    Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a type of radiation therapy used to deliver highly-specific treatment doses, while minimizing damage to normal tissues. A linear accelerator moves around the patient 360 degrees to deliver the radiation to the tumor.

    • RapidArcTM – Varian RapidArcTM is an advanced form of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) that allows radiation oncologists to send multiple doses of precise beams in the 3D shape of tumors. RapidArcTM uses computed tomography (CT) or other imaging technology to pinpoint tumors and guide the radiation beam around the patient.

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Image-Guided Radiation Therapy

  • >Onboard Imaging - Conebeam CT, Kilovotage imaging, Fluoroscopy

    Onboard imaging allows care teams to better align treatment to a tumor that may have a complex shape or move, which damage to healthy tissues.

    • Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) – Physicians use Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), which utilizes 3D volumetric imaging (vs. 2D X-ray images), to provide improved visualization, better patient positioning, and more precise treatment of cancerous tumors.
    • Kilovoltage Cone Beam Computed Tomography (kV-CBCT) – A type of board imaging, kilovoltage Cone Beam CT allows care teams to make adjustments to the X-rays that impact the intensity and quality of the image.
    • Fluoroscopy – Fluoroscopy is another medical imaging test that can be used in IGRT. An image of the area is created by sending an X-ray beam continuously through the body to create an image. Physicians can view the image on a monitor in real time to see the movement of internal organs.

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Surface Guidance Radiation Therapy

  • > Varian Identify

    Varian IDENTIFY™ is a digital system used for patient identification, patient setup, and patient motion monitoring for radiation therapy. The system features a contact-less palm reader for patient identification, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for positioning on the treatment couch, and cameras for proper motion monitoring during treatment.

  • > Vision RT

    Vision RT technology systems increase treatment accuracy and patient comfort during radiation therapy by using surface guided radiation therapy. It tracks the patient’s skin surface using 3D cameras and helps with motion management during treatment, which ensures the patient is in the intended position for treatment accuracy.

Respiratory Gating

  • > Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Technique

    Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) is a technique used to minimize radiation doses to the heart over a course of therapy for breast cancer. During both simulation and treatment, the patient takes a deep breath and holds it for a designated amount of time while radiation is given, allowing for a decrease in radiation dose to the heart.

Brachytherapy Procedures

  • >High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

    High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy uses radioactive material inserted into applicators placed within body cavities or tissues to deliver a high dose of radiation precisely to the tumor. Learn More.

    • >Gynecological HDR

      HDR internal radiation therapy is used to treat gynecologic cancers by delivering radiation internally and precisely targeting the tumor. This precision minimizes the impact on the surrounding healthy tissue and limits side effects. The radiation is delivered through an applicator that is inserted internally and is removed once treatment is complete. Treatment time is significantly reduced to three to six treatments that last 10 to 20 minutes each. Learn More.

Radiation Information Systems

  • > Elekta MOSAIQ

    Elekta MOSAIQ® Care Management software helps manage all aspects of a radiation oncology program, keeping patient information easily accessible while simplifying complex treatment management, personalizing decision support, and reducing errors and wait times.

> Our Radiation Oncologists
  • Radiation Therapy at El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview (1)
    Anuradha Gupta, M.D.
    Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy at El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview (2)
    Stephanie C. Han, M.D.
    Radiation Oncology
Radiation Therapy at El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview (2024)


What is the average cost of radiation treatment for cancer? ›

Depending on treatment type and duration, the total price for a course of radiation therapy can range from $4,500 to $50,000.

Who is the best oncologist in El Paso Texas? ›

MediFind found 168 specialists near El Paso, TX
  • MA. Dr. Maria C. Aloba. Hematology Oncology | Oncology. ...
  • PV. Dr. Panagiotis N. Valilis. Hematology Oncology | Oncology. ...
  • OE. Dr. Obiageli C. Ezewuiro. ...
  • ZH. Dr. Zening H. He. ...
  • LP. Dr. Luis A. Padilla-Paz. ...
  • HS. Dr. Haroutioun S. Shahinian. ...
  • SG. Dr. Sumit K. Gaur. ...
  • JG. Dr. Jesus A. Gomez.

What is the most common radiation therapy cancer? ›

External beam radiation therapy is used to treat many types of cancer. Brachytherapy is most often used to treat cancers of the head and neck, breast, cervix, prostate, and eye. A systemic radiation therapy called radioactive iodine, or I-131, is most often used to treat certain types of thyroid cancer.

What is the new radiation treatment? ›

Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses protons rather than x-rays. It painlessly delivers radiation to treat some types of cancer. Proton therapy is a promising new type of cancer treatment, but its possible benefit over traditional radiation therapy is still being studied.

What does one session of radiation cost? ›

The median cost of a course of radiation therapy (interquartile range) per patient was $8,600 ($7,300 to $10,300) for breast cancer, $9,000 ($7,500 to $11,100) for lung cancer, and $18,000 ($11,300 to $25,500) for prostate cancer.

Is radiation therapy covered by insurance? ›

Most people have health insurance to help cover cancer treatments and radiation therapy costs, but your policy may not always cover everything. Alternatively, you may not have health insurance. When you have a limited income and find out you now have to budget for this unexpected cost, it can be overwhelming.

What are the top cancers in Texas? ›

In 2021, an estimated 131,610 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in Texas (63,807 in females, and 67,803 in males). The most common cancers are breast, lung & bronchus, prostate, and colon & rectum. These four cancers make up about 47 percent of all cancer diagnoses.

Can an oncologist treat all cancers? ›

Oncologists can treat all types of cancer as some specialize in delivering certain therapies, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery. Furthermore, some oncologists focus on treating organ-specific cancers like the following: Prostate cancer.

What is the difference between Oncology and oncologist? ›

Oncology is the study of cancer. An oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer.

What not to do during radiation treatment? ›

Don't wear tight clothing over the treatment area. It's important not to rub, scrub or scratch any sensitive spots. Also avoid putting anything that is very hot or very cold—such as heating pads or ice packs—on your treated skin.

Is radiation harder on you than chemo? ›

Radiation therapy involves giving high doses of radiation beams directly into a tumor. The radiation beams change the DNA makeup of the tumor, causing it to shrink or die. This type of cancer treatment has fewer side effects than chemotherapy since it only targets one area of the body.

How many times do you have radiation therapy for cancer? ›

Typically, people have treatment sessions 5 times per week, Monday through Friday. This schedule usually continues for 3 to 9 weeks, depending on your personal treatment plan. This type of radiation therapy only targets the tumor.

What are 3 side effects of radiation therapy? ›

Treatment areas and possible side effects
  • Fatigue.
  • Hair loss.
  • Memory or concentration problems.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Skin changes.
  • Headache.
  • Blurry vision.
Jan 11, 2022

What are the 2 most common side effects of radiation? ›

The most common early side effects are fatigue (feeling tired) and skin changes. Other early side effects usually are related to the area being treated, such as hair loss and mouth problems when radiation treatment is given to this area.

How many sessions of radiotherapy is normal? ›

Most people have 5 treatments a week (one treatment a day from Monday to Friday), with a break at the weekend. However, in some cases treatment may be given more than once a day or over the weekend. The course of treatment usually lasts between 1 and 7 weeks.

How much does radiation treatment cost out of pocket? ›

For patients not covered by health insurance, radiation therapy can cost $10,000-$50,000 or more, depending on the type of cancer, number of treatments needed and especially the type of radiation used.

Which is more expensive chemo or radiation? ›

The average treatment cost per patient was $2944 and $3231 for radiotherapy and chemoradiation, respectively.

What is the average amount of radiation treatments? ›

The total dose of external radiation therapy is usually divided into smaller doses called fractions. Most patients get radiation treatments daily, 5 days a week (Monday through Friday) for 5 to 8 weeks.


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