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Technology

We know that a cancer diagnosis is difficult to face. At the Cancer Center our goal is to keep patients close to home, so they can receive effective treatment while surrounded by family and friends. It is this desire that has driven us to continue upgrading our treatment equipment allowing us to offer the newest innovations in radiation treatment technology, right here in the Tri-Cities.

Recently the Tri-Cities Cancer Center introduced the Trilogy™ Linear Accelerator which can treat cancer anywhere in the body. Quite simply, it targets tumors more precisely, delivers a higher dose of radiation and requires fewer treatment sessions.

What makes the Trilogy™ Linear Accelerator Special

Even in the highly specialized world of radiation, the Trilogy linear accelerator stands out. It offers an enhanced cancer treatment option.

Flexibility – Our team of experienced medical professionals can customize treatment to target many different types of cancers, in many different locations.

Accuracy – Radiation beams match the three-dimensional shape of the tumor with a high degree of accuracy. It also can treat smaller lesions, which allows for treatment at earlier stages when cancer is most curable.

Precision – IGRT and On-board Imager (OBI) help medical professionals synchronize treatment with the patient’s breathing cycles. This helps to target tumors more precisely, while sparing healthy tissue.

Speed – The Trilogy delivers radiation at a rate that is 60% faster than traditional linear accelerators, which enhances the patient’s comfort.

Power – The highest dose rates can be delivered, so treatments take less time and fewer treatment sessions are needed.

Fewer side effects – Because of the precision of the radiation, healthy tissue is spared, which results in fewer side effects.

Why technology is important

A linear accelerator is the machine most often used to deliver external beam radiation. Stereotactic radiation therapy is the most precise method of external radiation. For some years now, stereotactic therapy has been used to treat vascular abnormalities and brain tumors. Recent advances in imaging, patient positioning and targeting now make this approach useful for other cancers, too.

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) are also important cancer treating technologies. IMRT is a three-dimensional radiation therapy treatment that allows radiation oncologists to optimize the planning and delivery of high doses of radiation to targeted areas, while minimizing radiation to healthy tissue. IGRT enhances the accuracy of IMRT by using detailed images to target diseases.

Precise targeting – What makes stereotactic therapy different is that it delivers beams from many different angles to target the tumor more exactly. This precise targeting can destroy tumors very effectively. It even allows treatment of some tumors that surgeons can’t reach. For some patients, radiation therapy can serve as an alternative to surgery and sometimes chemotherapy.

Higher doses – Because of this precise targeting, radiation oncologists can deliver higher doses of radiation. The radiation goes only to the cancer cells, sparing the healthy cells surrounding the tumor site.

Fewer treatment sessions – You’ve probably heard that radiation treatments are scheduled multiple times each week, sometimes for many weeks. Because the stereotactic approach uses higher and more targeted doses of radiation, fewer sessions are necessary.

Radiosurgery – Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists also use stereotactic equipment to target brain and spine abnormalities. It provides a noninvasive alternative to surgery, allowing treatment of tumors that otherwise may be inoperable. Radiosurgery can be performed in a single session.