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Mobile Infirmary Auxiliary gifts cutting-edge radiation technology

  • Category: Cancer Care, News
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  • Written By: Ashley Rains
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With the gift of $375,000, Infirmary Cancer Care (ICC) purchased equipment designed to deliver the most effective, cutting-edge radiation treatments to brain cancer patients. With the new TrueBeam HyperArc accompanied with the Varian 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) couch, ICC patients will receive radiation therapy that is exclusive to our health system.

With HyperArc, radiation oncologists can deliver more compact radiation doses that closely conform to the size, shape and location of the brain tumor while avoiding surrounding healthy tissue. Some treatments that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes. In order for HyperArc to precisely deliver radiation doses to brain tumors, it requires the best treatment couch available, the 6DoF, which is able to move patients in six different degrees and more precisely than previous treatment couches.

“HyperArc radiation is more precise,” said Dr. Olivia Claire Ball, radiation oncologist. “This means less dose to normal brain tissue and less side effects for our patients.”

Infirmary Cancer Care is grateful to the Auxiliary for the ability to offer the only care of this kind in our area, thanks to their generous donation.