The Community Cancer Center in Bloomington-Normal has unveiled a new $4 million radiation device that doctors say will improve patient treatment by increasing precision and speed and reducing radiation doses. The Center Medical Director is Doctor Shermian Woodhouse. She says it is unusual to find a TruBeam STX System outside of a major teaching hospital.
Woodhouse says there is TruBeam technology in Peoria but, the version is not as advanced as the one in Normal. Instead of half hour to ninety minute treatments, the TruBeam device can administer desired radiation in fifteen to 20 minutes.
By cutting down on doses and on time, Woodhouse says patients may experience less severe side effects.
When the center opened in 1999, state of the art technology was a linear accelerator. In 2003, the center bought a radiosurgery Cyberknife system, and in 2011 so-called tomotherapy became an option. Woodhouse says the TruBeam combines a linear accelerator and a Cybernife.
Center Administrator Joe Prosser says they will treat an estimated 30 patients a day with the new device and perhaps 650 different patients per year of the thousand patients the center tries to help. The cancer center is a joint venture of Advocate BroMenn and OSF Saint Joseph Medical Centers.
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