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Aurora Cancer Center Services

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. We have a state of the art facility with IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SBRT.

External Beam

External beam radiation therapy uses high-energy rays (or particles) to destroy cancer cells or slow their rate of growth. A carefully focused beam of radiation is delivered from a machine outside the body. Generally, this type of radiation treatment is not used for cancers that take up iodine (that is, most differentiated thyroid cancers), which can be more effectively treated with radioiodine therapy. It is more often used as part of the treatment for medullary thyroid cancer and anaplastic thyroid cancer.

When a cancer that does not take up iodine has spread beyond the thyroid capsule, external radiation treatment may help treat the cancer or reduce the chance of the disease coming back in the neck after surgery. If a cancer does not respond to radioiodine therapy, external radiation therapy may be used to treat local neck recurrence or distant metastases that are causing pain or other symptoms.

External beam radiation therapy usually involves treatments 5 days a week for about 6 weeks. The treatment itself is painless and much like getting a regular x-ray. Each treatment lasts only a few minutes, although the setup time — getting you into place for treatment — usually takes longer.

Image Center Services

Joe and Art PETCT Scan • Bone Density • X-rays • Ultrasound

PET/CT Scan – Cutting edge technology for cancer detection, radiation therapy planning PET/CT and cancer treatment follow up.

• Complete full body PET/CT scan in one exam means shorter time for definite diagnosis
• Improved detections of disease with fewer invasive diagnostic procedures
• Precise staging of the disease and better monitoring of cancer recurrences
• More effective tracking of the results of treatment therapy
• Open gantry promotes better patient acceptance and more comfortable exams with more accurate results

Aurora Breast Cancer Services

Advancing Breast Imaging with Aurora Breast MRI

The Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI is designed from the beginning specifically for breast anatomy, unlike whole-body MRI systems that require after-market modifications.

Every functional component of the Aurora system, from the patient bed to the proprietary Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system to the integrated biopsy capability, is created solely for breast MRI.

Aurora Breast MRI offers superior image quality and accuracy of breast cancer detection compared with other breast imaging systems.


When do you need a Breast MRI?

• Newly diagnosed breast cancer
• Personal history of breast cancer
• Strong family history of breast cancer
• BRCA mutation
• 1st degree relative of BRCA carrier
• Prior radiation to chest such as Hodgkin’s disease
• Previous biopsy revealing ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia)
• Dense breast tissue
• Breast implants
• Traditional tests such as mammograms and ultrasounds are inconclusive

Are you a candidate for Breast MRI? Click here to find out


Early Detection Saves Lives

Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exam (CBE) should be part of a periodic health exam, about every 3 years for women in their 20s, and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.

Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care providers. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Aurora Breast MRI screening is recommended for patients at high risk for breast cancer or those with a personal family history of breast cancer.


Digital Mammography for Breast Cancer Detection

Digital mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) offers higher resolution and higher quality images compared to traditional mammograms taken on film. Digital image capture improves contrast, shortens exam time, and allows image exchange with other physicians without information loss.

Annual mammogram for breast cancer screening is recommended for women 40 years of age or older. Aurora Breast Center has the latest technology in digital mammography and experienced, caring staff to provide the care you deserve.

For women with higher life time risk of breast cancer, annual mammogram and annual breast MRI are started at younger age. For an assessment of your life time risk of breast cancer and an individualized breast cancer screening, please call 1-210-247-0888 for an appointment with Dr. Jui-Lien Chou.


Bone Density Testing for Osteoporosis Detection

A bone density test is a measurement of the density of the minerals in your bones. It is the single most useful procedure in the diagnosis of osteopenia/osteoporosis and evaluation of fracture risk. The lower your bone density, the higher your risk of fracture.


Core Needle Breast Biopsy using Local Anesthesia

Sometimes MRI, mammograms, and ultrasounds show suspicious lesions that need further evaluation. Image guided core needle breast biopsy using local anesthesia increases the accuracy of diagnosis as well as reduces the scar associated with breast biopsy. It allows the patient to have this less invasive procedure at the Aurora Breast Center with local anesthesia instead of undergoing surgery. Core Needle Breast Biopsy is more cost effective and shortens the procedure and recovery time.


Diagnostic Ultrasound

  • Breast – The only center in San Antonio with the Tractus system which offers “GPS mapping” of both breasts. This is a supplemental tool for breast cancer screening for women with dense breasts.

Aurora Prostate Cancer Services

Prostate MRI • MR/Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy

Are you a candidate for Prostate MRI and MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy?

• Patients with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
• Negative prior transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy with continued elevation or rising PSA
• Positive digital rectal examination with negative transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy



Targeted Prostate Biopsy

Prostate MR images can potentially identify specific areas within the gland that are suspicious and require further evaluation.

Performing biopsy with MR/US fusion holds the potential to target the suspicious areas, reduce the number of tissue samples acquired, and may reduce the risk of infection, bleeding, pain and recovery time.

MR/ Ultrasound biopsy is the new standard in prostate care. This technique fuses the pre-biopsy MR images of the prostate with the ultrasound-guided biopsy images in real time for excellent delineation of the prostate and suspicious lesions.

Better Cancer Care is Our Mission

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San Antonio, TX 78240