Cancer Treatments and Procedures
The Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center features state-of-the-art equipment that provides advanced treatment to tumors in all sites of the body, to the communities east of downtown Los Angeles.
Using advanced imaging technology, caregivers use PET/CT, MRI, and CT planning to determine how to best deliver/focus radiation therapy to the patient. The treatment planning system reconstructs the patient's anatomy and tumor volume, allowing more precise delivery of radiation treatment.
This reduces any immediate or long-term side effects to the patient.
Before radiation therapy takes place, a simulator is used to help the physician localize a cancer patient's radiation treatment area, where the tumor is located. This allows the exact treatment area of the cancer patient's body to be identified, in preparation for actual radiation therapy. The physician localizes the treatment area through the simulator, using X-ray and fluoroscopy, a type of X-ray that remains visible on a computer screen for an extended period of time.
The simulator is capable of rotating around the patient's body. After localizing the treatment area, the patient's skin is marked, identifying the area that will receive radiation treatment.
This technologically advanced equipment provides patients with the actual radiation therapy. White Memorial's linear accelerator is among the most powerful and advanced equipment available in the community.
Participation in many clinical research treatment protocols is available on-site.