Newswire (Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Received: Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 8:26:40 AM CDT)
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Wendland, who moved to the
"I ended up at MD Anderson (a
Wendland said following the operation, he went to
"They found some," Wendland said. "I was living here (in
"I swear I've had a good as experience as I've had at two world-renowned hospitals here," Wendland said. "Great people, great service and the whole key to this was to kill those last few cells, and go on living."
"In particular, it has more energies we can choose from to treat different types of cancers in different parts of the body," Peca said. "So basically more arrows in your quiver. It's faster and can deliver radiation up to four times the speed of conventional radiation delivery."
After working with the machine for months with commissioning, testing and verifying integrity and safety, the TrueBeam machine was put to work on Monday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Wendland and a host of oncology and administrative staff at the hospital.
"This is a really exciting and innovative type of treatment to bring to a small, rural town and area in
Bezak noted the project began around five to six years ago when the health care system acknowledged some of their older machines needed to be transitioned out.
"We looked at how do we stay on that cutting edge line of therapy," Bezak said. "We looked at what technology was out there and where the trends were in cancer research and patient care and decided we were going to operationalize TrueBeam. We worked hand-in-hand with the company, Varian, which made the machine to help with installation and product management was run by
Peca said the new machine offers two key accessories including a technology known as HyperArc, which allows doctors to treat brain metastases (lesions) with much greater accuracy.
"This is for patients with cancer that has already metastasized and those lesions cause symptoms both physiological and cognitive, and that's really important for the quality of life in these patients," Peca said. "But with HyperArc, we will be able to treat up to 15 small brain metastases while sparing the rest of the brain, which allows lengthening of life and improved quality of life while at the same time being allowed to deliver a high dose."
Another new technology called Identify, Peca said, will make patient check-in and identification much faster and seamless, while the technology also offers an augmented reality and surface guidance set of cameras which provides a map to whether patient needs have been met or not, including proper positioning during treatment.
"It will make an incorrect setup almost impossible," Peca said. "It also will be able to account for motion during treatment and will allow us to see the surface at all times and account for a more precise dose to the area where there is a tumor and spare the healthy organs.
"Our patients are going through a journey with is unpleasant, and they have many ups and downs and is painful," Peca said. "We really owe it to them on our part to make it as painless and smooth as possible."
"The combination of all the new features will allow us to target with greater precision and accuracy and also in a more timely manner," Kaufman said. "Our first patient (Wendland) talked a lot about how comfortable he feels about being treated here. He's familiar with other cancer centers and knows where we've made all the effort to have the latest and greatest technology, so instead of having to go somewhere else to get his treatment, he can be treated comfortably at home with the added confidence he can have the same treatment and treatment capabilities he could find anywhere else."
Wendland said his journey with prostate cancer will come to an end this week, and he's excited to have been the first patient to utilize the new TrueBeam technology.
"People from all over can come here and to have that option and not have to travel ... we considered moving to
"It's been a big, big bonus."