Rush University Medical Center will begin offering in late March a new stereotactic radiosurgery treatment program with the latest radiation therapy technology available.
The new imaging and radiosurgery treatment system, called VarianTrueBeam STx, is capable of fast and precise noninvasive image-guided radiation therapy. Radiosurgery operates by directing highly-focused beams of ionizing radiation with high precision to a tumor.
Radiosurgery platforms like TrueBeam can give hope to patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors, as well as those seeking an alternative to conventional cancer surgery or radiation therapy,” said Dr. Aidnag Diaz, medical director of Rush Radiosurgery. This will transform the treatment of many types of cancer such as head and neck, lung, liver and spine, cancers.”
During treatment, the machine rotates around the patient to deliver radiation with a radiation beam that is aimed directly at the tumor site. The radiation beam is sculpted and shaped to match the three-dimensional shape of the tumor, helping protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs. This is a noninvasive treatment where patients usually return to normal activities immediately following treatment.
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