A new cancer treatment that brings together new imaging and motion management technologies in a new design called image-guided radiotherapy is now offered at Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph.
The TrueBeam radiotherapy system uses advanced, three-dimensional imaging to “see” and target tumors with precision measured in units less than a millimeter.
The system allows doctors to customize the dose of radiation delivered to a tumor, helping to minimize exposure to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy checks are performed every 10 milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.
TrueBeam radiotherapy system makes it possible to deliver treatment more quickly. It also monitors tumor motion and compensates for it.
The radiotherapy system is designed to improve treatment for lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.
Using the TrueBeam system also allows doctors to select the best treatment for every type of cancer, which means a wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options can be offered to many more patients.
Patients experience greater comfort as treatments take less time and come with improved precision.
"With the TrueBeam technology, patients’ treatment times are greatly reduced, sometimes to just minutes per day," says Radiation Oncologist Peter Lai, PhD, MD. "Patients can also take comfort in knowing they have constant contact with their care providers during treatment with the built-in video and audio system."
Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices.
Source: Lakeland HealthCare