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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 ancillary staff.
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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.