Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and a few other diseases. Radiation therapy works by damaging cancerous cells. After exposure to radiation, normal cells are able to repair; cancer cells cannot. Sometimes radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs; other times, it is combined with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Types of radiation therapy include: External Beam Therapy and Brachytherapy.
- Increases our medical team’s ability to locate tumors quickly and precisely before each treatment.
- Provides the ability to monitor the patient for slight movements and respiration during treatment.
- Accurately delivers radiation to cancerous tissue with shorter treatment times.
- Includes additional treatment energies for a more individualized patient treatment plan.
- Enhances the ability to expose a tumor to the maximum dose of radiation while minimizing radiation to healthy tissues.
Meet Our Team
Will Berry, radiation therapist
In 1996, Dr. Hardenbergh moved to North Carolina to become a faculty member at Duke University, where her responsibilities included patient care, research and teaching. Dr. Hardenbergh's work at Duke brought her national recognition, including her participation in the award of two Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) Breast SPORE Pilot Project Awards and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Award. Dr. Hardenbergh has authored over 30 peer reviewed medical journal articles in addition to dozens of editorials, reviews and abstracts.
In 2001, Dr. Hardenbergh and her family moved to the Vail Valley, where she became instrumental in building Shaw Cancer Center. It was Dr. Hardenbergh's vision that directed the development of Shaw's multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care, as well as "Spirit of Survival" - Shaw's comprehensive nutrition, fitness and wellness program for survivorship. This program and others are a testimony to her belief that cancer treatment and care are about the whole patient and their family. Dr. Hardenbergh's commitment to advancing the technology and approach to patient care is exemplified by her contribution to the design of an innovative device to deliver partial breast radiation. Through Dr. Hardenbergh's creative input and experience, the engineering and design of this breast brachytherapy tool, later approved by the FDA, has now treated over one-thousand cancer patients to date.
In 2010, Dr. Hardenbergh became the recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation Improving Cancer Care Grant funded by Susan G Komen for the Cure. The $1.35 million grant, the largest ever in the history of the ASCO Foundation Grants and Awards Program, helps bridge the gap between small radiation oncology rural practices and the rapidly advancing technology utilized in larger group practices. As a result of Dr. Hardenbergh's vision, rural oncology practices are able to consult with some of the top radiation oncologists in the world, and patients benefit from receiving the best medical care available.
Marisa is a Certified Medical Dosimetrist with more than 40 years of clinical Radiation Oncology Treatment Planning experience. A dosimetrist’s role on the radiation team is to computer model the patient from CT, MR, and PET image sets and then design radiation beams that perfectly achieve the Radiation Oncologist’s treatment goals with minimum effect on normal tissue. Marisa’s initial training, clinical and teaching experience began at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Marisa continues to lecture and write curriculum for Web-based educational institutions and for the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.