Deaconess unveils new tool to help fight cancer

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A new tool in the fight against cancer unveiled on Tuesday in the Tri-State. It’s called the Truebeam Radiotherapy System, and it will be housed in the Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology.

Tours of this advanced cancer treatment were given on Tuesday. The imaging system provides faster, more efficient radiation therapy but with pinpoint accuracy. 

What makes this equipment unique is it monitors intricate motions of the patient to deliver targeted treatments even to areas that move when the patient breathes. 

That spares healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation and allows specialists to treat very small but aggressive tumors in the brain, head, or spine.

“If we’re treating a tumor,” said Radiation Oncologist Noah Taylor, M.D. “let’s say right next to the brain stem, right next to the spinal cord, we’re able to actually treat to a higher dose more precise and minimize any chances of complications.”

Officials say the precision of the machine combined with the expertise of M.D. Anderson certified radiation oncologists  result in reduced treatment times and improved results.

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 30, 2018) 

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