In a promising new development for cancer patients, Anderson Regional Cancer Center has added the TrueBeam Radiotherapy Treatment System to its robust array of cancer treatment options. TrueBeam is considered the world’s most advanced radiation oncology treatment system at this time.
TrueBeam technology, made by Varian Medical Systems, was engineered to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. It integrates imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated architecture that makes it possible to deliver treatments quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion.
“TrueBeam technology has expanded our ability to treat even the most challenging cases with unprecedented precision,” said Dr. Caleb Dulaney, Radiation Oncologist at Anderson Regional Cancer Center. For lung and other tumors subject to respiratory motion, TrueBeam offers gated radiotherapy, which makes it possible to monitor patient breathing and compensate for tumor motion during treatment. “Over the last decade, lung cancer became the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States,” said Dr. Dulaney. “With TrueBeam, we can treat a moving lung tumor as if it remained still. We expect this to make a meaningful difference for lung cancer patients in the area.”
TrueBeam imaging technology can produce three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting very quickly, using 25% less X-ray dose when compared with earlier generations of technology. “Imaging is an essential part of modern-day, targeted radiotherapy,” explained Dr. Dulaney. “This machine allows us to choose an imaging mode that minimizes the amount of X-rays needed to generate an image—and that’s good for our patients.”
For patients who do not have tumors affected by breathing patterns, Anderson Regional Cancer Center also offers Tomotherapy. This radiation therapy combines integrated CT imaging for exceptional treatment accuracy with a first-of-its-kind helical treatment delivery platform. Tomotherapy uses patented beam-shaping technology to precisely target tumors while minimizing impact on surrounding healthy tissue.
“With two state-of-the-art radiation therapy systems, I can select the optimal treatment for each type of cancer with regard to the patient’s individual needs. This array of options represents a quantum leap in our ability to help people fight cancer,” Dr. Dulaney said.