New Technology enables cancer patients to receive advanced treatment without having to travel great distances
CONNERSVILLE – In a promising development for cancer patients in east central Indiana, Fayette Regional now offers the VitalBeam radiotherapy system for treating cancer and other conditions with image-guided radiotherapy.
VitalBeam, from Varian Medical Systems, delivers powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. It uniquely integrates imaging and treatment technologies within a sophisticated architecture that makes it possible to deliver image-guided treatments very quickly, opening the door to new possibilities for the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.
“This system allows us to offer patients sophisticated non-invasive radiotherapy treatments closer to home,” President & CEO Randy White said. “Previously, they would have needed to travel to Indianapolis or Cincinnati to get such advanced care.”
The VitalBeam radiotherapy systems offers physicians a broad spectrum of treatment options for challenging cases such as cancers of the head/neck, breast, prostate, lung, liver and pancreas. Its integrated imaging tools enable the treatment team to pinpoint the tumor they are going to treat, monitor its position during treatment and make adjustments for greater accuracy.
“Imaging is an essential part of modern-day, targeted, radiotherapy,” FRHS Cancer Care Center Manager Renee Epps said. “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.”
In RapidArc mode, one of the treatment modalities enabled by the VitalBeam system, simple treatments that once took 15 minutes or more can be complete in less than two once the patient is in position. “These are significant reductions in treatment time,” added Epps. “Many patients will spend a whole lot less time lying still, immobilized on a hard surface.”
A VitalBeam system can deliver dose with tremendous precision. Its accuracy is made possible by a sophisticated architecture that synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, beam shaping, and dose delivery, performing accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout a treatment.
VitalBeam can be used for radiotherapy treatments including image-guided radiotherapy and radio surgery (IGRT and IGRS), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and RapidArc radiotherapy.
“With VitalBeam we can select the optimal treatment for every type of cancer,” Epps said. “This is breakthrough that enables us to offer a wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options to more patients. It represents a big step forward in our ability to help people fight cancer.”