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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

Resource Center Hours
  • Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment
Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

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Radiation Therapy Advances Provide Added Protection for Patients

Advances in radiation therapy for early state prostate cancer now include the innovative Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery (SBRT).

Unlike traditional surgery, which involves incisions, SBRT is a noninvasive form of therapy that uses VMAT/IMRT planning to target high doses of radiation to the prostate with minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissue. Depending on the stage of a patient’s prostate cancer and other factors, SBRT can be a very effective treatment.

At the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Stereotactic Radiosurgery is offered for various cancers such as early stage lung cancer, brain metastases and now prostate cancer. In contrast to traditional external beam radiation therapy SBRT delivers ultra-hyofractionated high dose radiation in 5 treatment days. SBRT has unique radiobiologic characteristics, which can cause dramatic tumor response, leading to the associated term "ablative" radiotherapy.

VMAT/IMRT is coupled with image guidance radiation therapy (IGRT) provide the most advanced technology in treatment. IGRT provides an accurate location of a patient’s prostate prior to each treatment. This technology is vitally important because the prostate gland can vary in position. IGRT tracks the location of the prostate and the surrounding organs before each radiation dose is delivered, allowing for more effective doses of radiation to be accurately delivered while minimizing radiation to normal tissues including the rectum, bladder or bowel.

For more information about Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery (SBRT) or Prostate Cancer at The Center for Cancer Care, visit griffinhealth.org/cancer or call Sharon at 202-732-1280.

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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