Treatment of Cancer with Radiation Therapy

MMC Ikard Radiation Oncology is the clinic on the Memorial Medical Center Campus that specializes in the treatment of cancer with radiation therapy.  Many cancer patients will undergo radiation therapy as a part of their cancer treatment. 

We have the Medical Expertise and the State-of-the-Art Technology to treat:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer 
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Rectal and Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Brain Tumors and Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Most Other Types of Adult Cancer
     

Services Provided

  • Radiation Oncology Consultation and Follow-up Appointments
  • 3D Conformal External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
  • IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy)
  • HDR Brachytherapy
  • Radiopharmaceutical Treatments
  • Participation in Clinical Trials
     

Commitment to Quality

We strive for excellence, and Our program is accredited by the American College of Radiology.  As a part of the MMC Cancer Center, we are also accredited by the Commission on Cancer (COC) through the American College of Surgeons (ACOS).

In 2016, Memorial Medical Center invested in the most up-to-date technology available for our Tomotherapy Hi-Art Radiation Therapy treatment system.

In 2017, we will embark on a major expansion and remodel of our clinic, for the comfort and convenience of our patients.  In addition, we will be adding a Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, that will enable us to provide SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) and SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery) treatment for our patients.

Your Physicians

Cherie J. Hayostek, M.D. 

Dr. Hayostek is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist with over 2 decades of experience practicing Radiation Oncology in both the community and the academic setting.  She was raised in Iowa and has spent most of her career in the Mountain West and Southwest.

Dr. Hayostek earned her M.D. at the University of South Dakota.  She completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic School of  Graduate Medical Education.
 

Gregory S. Willis, M.D. 

Dr. Willis is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who comes to Las Cruces with more than a decade of experience practicing radiation oncology. He was raised in Southern California and Hawaii.  He practiced in Minnesota and Oregon before joining MMC Ikard Radiation Oncology in 2016.

Dr. Willis earned his M.D. at Oregon Health Sciences University.  He completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Minnesota.

 

Your Treatment Team 

Care is provided by Board Certified Radiation Oncology Physicians and other professionals, specially trained in the use of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer:

Radiation Therapists:  Specialists trained in the delivery of radiation therapy treatment, under the direction of the radiation oncologist.

Dosimetrists and Medical Physicists: Highly skilled professionals who are responsible for calculating doses of radiation and calibrating radiation equipment.

Radiation Oncology Nurses: Experts in the care of patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Office Staff: People dedicated to helping with scheduling, billing, and administrative tasks.

Social Worker/Navigator:  Professionals trained in assisting with social, emotional, and transportation issues.  In addition, they help in coordination of care with other specialists.
 

Radiation Therapy Treatment Process

The decision about which treatments to use is based on each patient’s situation.  Every patient’s treatment is individualized.

Radiation therapy treatment can consist of external beam radiation therapy or brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy). 

At our facility, external beam radiation therapy is delivered with the Tomotherapy® Hi-Art® Treatment System or a Varian Linear Accelerator.

How often will I have treatments?

The number and duration of your treatments will be determined by your radiation oncologist.  After reviewing your medical history, the radiation oncologist will meet with you and discuss proposed treatments, including potential risks and benefits.

Generally, treatments last from 20-30 minutes, and are given daily, Monday through Friday.  They are given over a period of time that may last from a few days, to many weeks.

What is a Simulation?

Prior to receiving radiation therapy, you will have a planning appointment called a simulation.  During this appointment, your radiation oncologist and radiation therapist will perform the necessary tests that will allow them to customize your treatment. Your actual treatment usually starts a few days after the simulation, in order for the team to optimize your treatment plan.

What are the side effects?

Some patients experience side effects from radiation therapy.  Side effects depend on the area of the body being treated.  We have effective treatment for most side effects.  Many patients are able to continue their normal day-to-day activities.
 

Resources

TomoTherapy Brochure (12 pages)

NCI (National Cancer Institute) Brochures, Pamphlets, Booklets:

Radiation Therapy and You (62 pages)

Helpful Websites

For more information on radiation therapy treatments, click here.

For more information on Cancer, click here.
 

Contact Information

MMC Ikard Radiation Oncology

2450 S. Telshor Blvd., Suite B
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011

Phone:  575-556-5800
Fax:  575-556-5899