Edgewood, KY – St. Elizabeth Healthcare has enhanced its cancer treatment services at St. Elizabeth Cancer Care in Ft. Thomas with the addition of the TrueBeam™ Radiotherapy System. TrueBeam technology, made by Varian Medical Systems, was engineered to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. By integrating imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated architecture, it is possible to deliver quicker treatments while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion.
“TrueBeam enables us to treat even the most challenging cases with tremendous speed and precision,” said Dr. Lauren Castellini, Radiation Oncologist at St. Elizabeth. “This system will make it possible for us to offer fast, more targeted treatments for cancers — even those that move when the patient breathes, such as lung, esophageal or breast cancers.”
The TrueBeam system incorporates “intelligent” automation that helps reduce treatment time. In many cases, patients can be in and out of their cancer treatment in as little as 20 minutes per day over a course of care. Simple treatments that once took 15 minutes or more can be completed in less than two minutes once the patient is positioned for treatment.
The TrueBeam system targets tumors with tremendous precision made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, beam shaping and dose delivery. It also performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. Critical data points are measured continually as a treatment progresses, ensuring that the system maintains a “true isocenter,” or focal point of treatment.
TrueBeam imaging technology produces three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting very quickly, using 25% less X-ray dose when compared with earlier generations of technology.
TrueBeam can be used for radiotherapy treatments including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy.
“With TrueBeam, we can select the optimal treatment for every type of cancer,” said Dr. Castellini. “This will enable us to provide a wide spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options for our patients.”
St. Elizabeth Cancer Care Ft. Thomas is hosting a ribbon cutting and blessing to commemorate the expansion of the cancer treatment services provided for patients. The event occurs from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesday, December 12 at St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY 41075. For more information about the cancer treatment services provided at St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas, please call (859) 572-3298.