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New Technology Allows Radiation to be Delivered with Pinpoint Accuracy

June 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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About Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, founded more than 120 years ago, is a full-service, 264-bed, nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).

About Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center
Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center offers women a complete range of breast health services, such as advanced imaging diagnostics, medical and radiation oncology and breast and reconstructive surgery. Cancer care revolves around the patient, guiding them from diagnosis through survivorship. Patients benefit from a breast cancer nurse navigator, who is an experienced oncology nurse that provides one-on-one support. Residents in Lincoln and the surrounding communities do not have to travel far from home to get excellent cancer care.

About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 80 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

 

 

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