HAVASU REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OFFERING PATIENTS ACCESS TO STATE OF THE ART CANCER TREATMENTS
June 16, 2009
Lake Havasu City, AZ – Havasu Regional Medical Center announced that it has installed advanced technology for treating cancer with a new radiotherapy system capable of delivering IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), the most precise and sophisticated treatment in the world. Clinicians at Havasu Regional Medical Center will use the Clinic® iX Linear Accelerator from Varian Medical Systems to treat patients with prostate, breast, head and neck, lung, pancreatic and other cancers where precisely placed beams can be focused to carefully target tumor cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue.
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages, and it is becoming steadily more effective with new technologies that permit ultra-precise dose delivery”, says Dr. Gilles LaChance, M.D., Radiation Oncologist. “Our center is equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities that our highly trained medical staff will use for treating cancer with very high precision. We now have the potential to substantially improve both patient comfort and cure rates by protecting healthy tissue while delivering higher and more effective doses to the tumor.”
The new linear accelerator also has an On-Board Imager, which is capable of real-time tumor tracking and automated patient positioning, which enables clinicians to concentrate radiation doses on the tumor. This means that high doses of radiation can be delivered quickly and with great precision, which translates into faster treatments and the potential for better outcomes.
Enhancing the dose concentrations to the tumor gives clinicians a much greater chance of completely eradicating the tumor, rather than simply causing a temporary regression. Cancer cells are fast-replicating by nature, so any damage to the genetic structure of these cells by radiation is incredibly powerful. In addition, increased optimization enables clinicians to use radiation to treat areas that would have been considered too risky just a few years ago.