New Technology Allows Radiation to be Delivered with Pinpoint AccuracyJune 27 2013
Lincoln, Neb. – Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center announces that a new radiation therapy treatment called AccuBoost® is now available at the Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center. Saint Elizabeth is the first hospital in Nebraska – and the Midwest – to offer this new, innovative treatment.
The AccuBoost system is an image-guided radiation therapy technique using brachytherapy, a very precise and highly effective form of radiation therapy delivered as close to the tumor as possible. The benefit of this new technique is the ability to closely target the tumor site and minimize the amount of radiation going to other organs such as the heart and lungs.
The treatment is available for women with early stage breast cancer who choose a lumpectomy, a surgical procedure when the cancerous tumor is removed preserving the majority of the breast. Following a lumpectomy, most women undergo several weeks of radiation treatment, which includes a very important “boost” phase. The boost dose is an important component of the full course of radiation therapy and is delivered to the tissue adjacent to the surgical site. This has shown to provide additional protection against recurrence.
“We are very proud to be able to bring this state-of-the-art treatment to our Breast Care Center,” said Mike Hopkins, director of radiology and radiation therapy at Saint Elizabeth. “We are committed to offering the latest technology and medical advancements for women undergoing breast cancer treatment.”
Radiation therapy treatments can sometimes lead to long-term side effects that harm the heart and other organs. AccuBoost allows the physician to see with certainty the location where the cancer was removed and accurately focus the radiation to the exact site of the tumor and surrounding tissue.
“AccuBoost helps limit the risk of radiation therapy exposure to normal tissues and minimizes toxicity to vital organs,” says Dr. Kevin Yiee, medical director of radiation therapy at Saint Elizabeth. “At Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center, we want the best for our patients. And, this treatment is going to greatly improve a woman’s health 10 or 20 years down the road.”
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