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Hendrick Health adds second linear accelerator for cancer treatment

Hendrick Health adds second linear accelerator for cancer treatment

As part of Hendrick Health’s commitment to innovative cancer care for the region, a second linear accelerator is now in operation at Hendrick Cancer Center in Abilene to provide stereotactic radiosurgery and precision radiotherapy when radiation therapy is needed.

The Edge radiosurgery system, which was developed by Varian Medical Systems, accurately targets tumors and other abnormalities without an incision or the need for recovery in a hospital setting.

The machine rotates around the patient to deliver the treatment beams from nearly any angle. The system can be used to treat tumors of the brain, spine, lung, esophagus, prostate and other areas that are typically difficult to treat surgically.

The direct benefit for patients with this next generation system is shorter treatment times with more precision and ease.

Another noteworthy aspect of the new linear accelerator is real-time tracking of the tumor position. Even tumors that move when the patient breathes, such as those in the lung or breast, can be targeted more precisely via special tools in the new system.

The new radiosurgery system has sophisticated architecture that synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery. And, the system performs accuracy checks throughout the entire treatment.

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