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Radiation Oncology LMH Services

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Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Center at Laughlin Memorial Hospital has provided comprehensive, compassionate and experienced care for literally thousands of patients throughout the Greeneville and Greene County area in Northeast Tennessee. The physician specialists and highly trained staff of the Radiation Therapy Department have been providing this vital service to our patients for more than 30 years. The Laughlin Cancer Care Program received the Accreditation Award, 3 years with Commendation by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer (CoC) in December 2009. The Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure all standards are met.  Please click on link toward bottom of page labeled Laughlin Cancer Care Program for more information. The team approach is ideal for our patients and includes the following participants:

  • Board certified radiation oncologist with more than 20 years experience in oncology and patient care.
  • Hospice and palliative care experience.
  • Oncology certified nurse.
  • Registered radiation therapists.
  • Board certified physicist at the PhD level.
  • Two board certified medical dosimetrists.
  • Active tumor registry and certified tumor registrar.
  • Registered dietitians.
  • Social workers.
  • Oncology Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Physical Therapy for Cancer Related Fatigue.
  • Active membership and utilization of American Cancer Society.
  • ACS trained Patient Navigator.
  • Access to Clinical Trials -
    Clinical Trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in cancer clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of, and progress against cancer. They also receive up-to-date care from experts. – National Cancer Institute (NCI) 1-800-4-Cancer.
  • Please note that eligibility for clinical trials is a highly selective process and dependent on each patient’s diagnosis for malignancy. Most patients are not candidates for protocols because their disease may not fit the criteria. If you think you may be a candidate for a scientific protocol, please discuss options with your Oncologist.
  • Additional information available through the American Cancer Society: 1-800-ACS-2345.

Radiation Therapy Department
John C. Boys, MD,FACRO, Medical Director Radiation Oncology

Our Radiation Therapy Department offers the latest state of the art treatment technologies including therapies which deliver required doses of radiation with decreased risk of side effects including:

  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which delivers high doses of radiation in a very precise manner, has fewer side effects compared to traditional external beam radiation therapy because it spares the surrounding healthy tissue. An intense controlled dose of radiation through multiple fields that allows treatment to sensitive areas in very confined anatomic regions.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) provides the ability to adjust radiation beam to the tumor’s exact location through the placement of fiducials, spares healthy tissue, applicable to prostate, abdominal, lung, head, neck and brain malignancies, maximizes the reproducibility of treatments on a daily basis.
  • Cone Beam CT (CBCT) technology is incorporated into the linear accelerator, which allows 3 dimensional CT slices to be taken through the tumor volume with the patient in the actual treatment position. These images are compared to treatment planning images and adjustments made as needed to deliver precise treatment.  
  • With our commitment to cutting edge technology we are proud to offer high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for the appropriate patients.

Radiation OncologyThe Siemens Somatom Big Bore CT scanner offers the cancer care department at Laughlin Memorial Hospital an opportunity to impact patient care, because of the scanners larger size and increased capabilities. The equipment is a treatment enhancement because it addresses patient positioning concerns and reaps the reward of high-speed, superior spatial resolution.

The wider opening (or” bore”) of this scanner at Laughlin eliminates the need to reposition patients during scanning procedures, something that could compromise image quality. This CT scanner improves the accuracy of imaging results.

“Our CT system offers a great combination of diagnostic precision and patient comfort. It is a power cancer-fighting tool that we at Laughlin Memorial Hospital are pleased to be able to offer our patients.” Dr. John Boys, LMH Radiation Oncologist.

In addition to radiation therapy treatments as itemized above, the Radiation Oncology Center at Laughlin Memorial Hospital also offers therapy with radiopharmaceuticals for benign and malignant conditions and access to clinical research trials. Certain malignancies including thyroid hyperactivity, thyroid cancer, metastatic bone cancer, as well as refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, can be treated with radiopharmaceuticals. These therapies and more are offered at the Radiation Oncology Center at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

For more information about radiation therapy treatments available at our comprehensive cancer center, you can call us at 423-787-5040 for a listing of staff and radiation oncologist practicing at this institution.

The Radiation Oncology Center here at Laughlin Memorial Hospital cares for more than 300 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, as well as recurrent cancer patients with ongoing treatment needs. An experienced team of board certified physician specialists and clinical oncology professionals provide an array of programs and services to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families. State-of-art radiation therapy technology, chemotherapy, biological, and hormone therapies are available treatment options. LMH Cancer Care Program also offers innovative techniques including Rapid Arc technology, sentinel node biopsies, etc.  We also look forward to offering high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy in the near future. When aggressive treatment is no longer an option in the patient’s care, the Laughlin Memorial Hospital Radiation Oncology Center can assist patients and their families in coordination care with the hospice team of their choice.

Cancer treatment involves specialists working as a team to carry out the designed course of therapy. Cases are discussed at a monthly specialty cancer conference to optimize care. The hospital is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and maintains a collaboration agreement with the American Cancer Society. The following are areas of service included in the cancer program: Diagnostic, Surgical, Radiation, and Medical Oncology Treatment, Cancer Support meetings, patient education and prevention programs, and community resources.

Laughlin Cancer Care Program

National Cancer Institute


American Cancer Society

Laughlin Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society sponsor the monthly Cancer Support Group. Group meetings are held the first Monday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Meetings are conducted in the Private Dining room which is located adjacent to the cafeteria on the first floor. The meeting is open to cancer patients and their caregivers. Abby Cole Keller is the group facilitator and the hospital coordinator is Susan Price. For more information Ms. Price can be reached at (423) 787-5026.

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Road to Recovery Transportation Program

The American Cancer Society is delighted to provide you with Road to Recovery services. Road To Recovery is a volunteer driven service that assists patients in need of transportation to and from their cancer treatments. For more information click HERE.