Indian River Regional Cancer Center
At Indian River Memorial Hospital
The Indian River Regional Cancer Center (IRRCC)
opened in 1987. It provides both inpatient and outpatient radiation
therapy, and is located on the campus of Indian River Memorial Hospital
(IRMH) in Vero Beach, Florida.
The IRRCC is accredited by the American College
of Radiology, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations, and the American College of Surgeons Commission on
Cancer. The Tumor Registry at IRRCC participates in the National
Cancer Database of the National Cancer Institute. The IRRCC plays
a major role in the Cancer Care Program of IRMH.
The Medical staff of the Cancer Center is
comprised of Stuart Byer, MD, and John Petersen, MD. Both Dr. Byer
and Dr. Petersen are Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology
in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Byer has served the Cancer Center since
it opened, and also serves as the Medical Director of the Cancer
Center. Dr. Petersen has practiced at the Center since 1993.
Medical Physics services are provided by James
Atherton, Ph.D., who joined the staff in 1998. Dr. Atherton is certified
by the American Board of Radiology in both Therapeutic and Diagnostic
Radiological Physics. There is one full-time and one part-time Certified
Medical Dosimetrist under Dr. Atherton's supervision. There are
five staff Registered Radiation Therapists, and two Oncology-Certified
nurses, in addition to the business office staff, volunteers, and
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The radiation therapy equipment used at IRRCC can
provide truly “state-of-the-art” treatments. The Center
provides radiotherapy using two linear accelerators: a high energy
Varian 2100EX©, and a high-energy Varian 2100C©. The Varian
2100EX© is equipped with a 120 leaf Millenium© Multi-Leaf
Collimator, as well as Portal-Vision©, an electronic image
capture and analysis tool. The 2100C© is equipped with an 80-leaf
Multi-leaf Collimator and Portal-Vision©. Both the 2100EX©
and 2100C© are capable of Dynamic Treatment sequences. Varian
accelerators provide safe, accurate, and reliable patient treatments.
The accelerators are monitored by the IMPAC Verify-and-Record system
to ensure safe and consistent patient treatments.
The IRRCC uses a Philips AcQsim© Virtual
Simulator. This system is used in conjunction with the IRRCC’s
Philips-ADAC Pinnacle³© Three-Dimensional Radiation Treatment
Planning System, which include the P³IMRT Intensity Modulated
Radiation Therapy (IMRT) system. Three-dimensional treatment planning
allows the physicians and treatment planning staff to visualize
each patient’s unique anatomy. Thus each patient’s treatment
is individually designed to provide the safest, most accurate, and
most beneficial treatment possible. The equipment here is, simply,
as up-to-date and state of the art as any in the country.
The physicians, nurses, and staff of the IRRCC provide
friendly, compassionate care and regularly receive commendations
based on patient testimonials. In addition to providing radiotherapy
at IRRCC, many staff donate their time and effort on behalf of the
American Cancer Society and other charitable organizations.