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Greater Regional Cancer Center Acquires New Technology
for Treating Cancer
New technology from Varian Medical Systems will deliver ultra-precise radiotherapy treatments with sub-millimeter accuracy
Greater Regional Cancer Center today announced it has installed an On-Board Imager® kV imaging system from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). The On-Board Imager makes it possible for doctors to offer patients Conebeam CT IGRT (image-guided radiotherapy), an extremely precise form of treatment that utilizes multiple imaging and motion management techniques for ultra-accurate tumor targeting.
“This state-of-the-art technology will enable us to treat patients with the same advanced radiotherapy techniques used in larger metropolitan cancer centers,” said Katy Wiley A.S.R.T. (R) (T), Director. “It provides us with tremendous versatility and precision for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient’s case.
Varian’s robotic On-Board Imager, which is capable of real-time tumor tracking and automated patient positioning, enables clinicians to concentrate radiation doses on the tumor while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. This means that doses of radiation can be delivered quickly and with great precision which translates into fast treatments, greater patient comfort, and the potential for better outcomes.
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages,” says Wiley. “Using Conebeam CT IGRT from Varian, we have the potential to substantially improve treatment outcomes by doing a better job of protecting healthy tissue while delivering more powerful doses to cancerous tumors.”
The IGRT technology was installed during mid-September and is currently in use. Treating Cancer
Vaccination Urged by Union County Public Health
Union County Public Health/Greater Regional Medical Center Outreach Services joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC in urging an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to protect against influenza. By getting a yearly flu vaccine, you can protect yourself from illness, and protect those around you. Residents of Union County should get vaccinated as soon vaccine is available in their community.
"The best way to protect you and your family is to receive an annual influenza vaccination," said Robin Sevier, RN, Public Health Nurse. Since the flu season can begin as early as October, it is recommended to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available. "In Union county our flu clinics are scheduled to be offered each Thursday beginning October 3 through November 21 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m." Sevier reported. To add convenience for the public, the flu clinic will be held in the Medical Arts Plaza - please use the South Entrance.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, coughing, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. Occasionally, nausea and diarrhea can accompany the respiratory symptoms. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses, sending tiny droplets of saliva into the air for others to breathe in and get sick. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (such as a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.For more information about influenza, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx. For information about seasonal influenza clinics in Union County, call 641-782-3682.