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Friday, December 14, 2018

St. Elizabeth Adds a "Game-Changer" in Fighting Cancer Right Here in Fort Thomas

St. Elizabeth Fort  Thomas Increases Advanced Cancer Treatment Options

Kentucky leads the nation in cancer diagnosis.

That's a sobering statistic if you live here and even more so if you hear those words from your care provider.

Now, if you live in northern Kentucky, there's a state-of-the-art tool located at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, that is a true game changer in fighting cancer.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has enhanced its cancer treatment services at St. Elizabeth Cancer Care in Fort Thomas with the addition of the TrueBeamTM Radiotherapy System, the first of its kind in the region.

St. Elizabeth doctors and administrators cut the ribbon on the equipment this week.

John Mitchell with Dr. Pratish Shah and St. Elizabeth doctors and administrators. 

"We've made it our mission at St. Elizabeth to up the ante, to save more lives and to invest in finding a solution for cancer in our community," said John Mitchell, COO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare Fort Thomas & Covington.

"St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas will continue to play a major role in the cancer care continuum right here in Campbell County, allowing patients to stay close to home with receiving treatment. 

Campbell County is eight in the Commonwealth for highest annual cancer diagnosis.

"We want our residents to know that they don't have to travel far for exceptional cancer care," said Mitchell. "St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas has an elite corp of doctors and health professionals and they're working with state-of-the-art, ground-breaking equipment." 

TrueBeam technology, made by Varian Medical Systems, was engineered to deliver powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. By integrating imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated architecture, it is possible to deliver quicker treatments while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion.

“TrueBeam enables us to treat even the most challenging cases with tremendous speed and precision,” said Dr. Lauren Castellini, Radiation Oncologist at St. Elizabeth. “This system will make it possible for us to offer fast, more targeted treatments for cancers — even those that move when the patient breathes, such as lung, esophageal or breast cancers.”

The TrueBeam system incorporates “intelligent” automation that helps reduce treatment time. In many cases, patients can be in and out of their cancer treatment in as little as 20 minutes per day over a course of care. Simple treatments that once took 15 minutes or more can be completed in less than two minutes once the patient is positioned for treatment.

The TrueBeam system targets tumors with tremendous precision made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, beam shaping and dose delivery. It also performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. Critical data points are measured continually as a treatment progresses, ensuring that the system maintains a “true isocenter,” or focal point of treatment.

TrueBeam imaging technology produces three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting very quickly, using 25% less X-ray dose when compared with earlier generations of technology.
TrueBeam can be used for radiotherapy treatments including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy.

“With TrueBeam, we can select the optimal treatment for every type of cancer,” said Dr. Castellini. “This will enable us to provide a wide spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options for our patients.”

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