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MMC Cancer Center offering advanced image-guided tumor targeting


Memorial Medical Center’s (MMC) Cancer Center has begun treating cancer patients using the VitalBeam radiotherapy system from Varian Medical Systems, which offers more advanced image-guided tumor targeting, MMC said in a news release.

“VitalBeam delivers powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision,” MMC said, “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.”

In RapidArc mode – one of the VitalBeam treatment modalities – simple treatments that once took 15 minutes or more can be completed in less than two once the patient is in position, MMC said.

“These are significant reductions in treatment time,” MMC Radiation Oncologist Dr. Jason Call said. “Many patients will spend a whole lot less time lying still, immobilized on a hard surface.”

“With VitalBeam, we can select the optimal treatment for every type of cancer,” said MMC Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Dr. Gregory Willis. “This is a 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.” 

“As the only nationally accredited cancer program in the region, we are incredibly proud to access the latest research and offer the most current treatments for our patients,” said MMC Cancer Center Director Lynn Fletcher.

The new technology joins MMC’s Edge Radiosurgery System, which can target and treat “a wide range of tumors that are typically difficult to reach with traditional surgery,” the news release said.

Visit www.mmclc.org/cancer.