Cancer Services

Fairview Range is proud to offer full-time comprehensive medical oncology services in Hibbing. 

Our University of Minnesota Physicians-affiliated medical oncologists, along with oncology nurse practitioners, provide medical oncology services to patients in our community.  They work closely with primary care physicians in the region to provide comprehensive cancer services for patients close to home.  

We understand that no two people — and no two cancers — are alike, so we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets both your medical and your personal needs. 

For more information about our medical oncology services, call 218-262-3441

View our Cancer Care Program Annual Reports:
2017
2016
2015

Radiation Therapy

Fairview Range’s Radiation Therapy department, located at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, has state-of-the-art radiation therapy services for cancer patients. The goal of each of these treatments is to avoid or reduce the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation and limit treatment’s side effects.  

Before each treatment session, an X-ray system mounted on a robotic arm is rotated around the body to gather images that pinpoint a tumor’s exact location. These images are then compared with existing images (MRI, CT, or other kinds of scans) in order to determine if the tumor has moved since the last treatment. Our Radiation Therapy department uses Dynamic Targeting® image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to verify patient position and tumor position at the time of treatment. Knowing exactly where the tumor is allows clinicians target only the tumor and spare the surrounding normal tissue. Irradiating less normal tissue reduces the toxicity of radiotherapy, improving the patient’s quality of life, and may make it possible to deliver higher radiation doses to the tumor and thereby increases the likelihood of local tumor control and cure. 

Types of Radiation Therapy

External beam radiation therapy (3-D): Targets tumors from outside the body using beams of ionizing radiation. In 3D, a computer is used to create a 3 dimensional picture of the tumor to match the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor. Many radiation beams are aimed at the tumor from different angles, sparing normal tissue as much as possible. 

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): Allows the amount of radiation to be varied across different parts of the beam. The radiation therapy dose can be sculpted to match the tumor’s size, shape, and density, increasing its effectiveness and avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.

Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT): Uses advanced imaging to precisely target tumors, which can change daily. The position of the patient can then be adjusted during treatment to ensure the treatment delivery is exactly on target. 

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): Uses precisely focused radiation beams to deliver high doses of radiation to the tumor with minimal exposure to healthy tissue. It is delivered in fewer sessions and is used to treat small, isolated tumors.

RapidArc: Delivers a complete IMRT treatment with a single rotation of the treatment machine around the patient. It involves varying the intensity of the radiation being used, shaping the radiation dose so that it conforms closely to the 3-D shape of the tumor, and using image guidance. Treatments are completed faster and more comfortably for patients.

Deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH): The accurate delivery of radiation therapy in conjunction with DIBH technology is an effective method of limiting radiation exposure to the heart and lungs for patients with left-sided breast cancer. In addition to pushing the treatment area away from nearby vital organs, DIBH eliminates movement caused by breathing. This allows for treatment volumes and margins to be reduced. Our voluntary breath-hold equipment allows patients to be in control of their breathing at all times. 

For more information about our radiation therapy services, please call 800-662-8939 or 218-362-6784.