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Radiation Oncology

Penn State Health St. Joseph Cancer Center has expanded to accommodate a new state-of-the-art platform for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

The new $5.5 million addition to the Penn State Health St. Joseph Cancer Center offers patients in Berks County faster, more targeted radiation treatments close to home.

Highlights of the expansion include a 2,400-square-foot addition to accommodate a growing patient base, as well as a new, state-of-the-art TrueBeam™ linear accelerator. This sophisticated technology offers cancer patients faster, more targeted radiation treatment that is more comfortable, more precise and with fewer side effects.

TrueBeam Linear Accelerator

TrueBeam linear accelerator technology is a powerful combination of 2-D, 3-D and 4-D imaging that is updated every 10 milliseconds, monitors a patient’s breathing and body movement, and allows for faster, more potent doses of radiation directly to a tumor site without damage to surrounding tissue or nearby organs. Cancer physicians at St. Joseph can use this technology to create individualized and more precise treatment plans. Tailored plans and fewer and shorter sessions drastically reduce the treatment time for patients.

This technology gives cancer patients fast, more targeted radiation treatment that is more comfortable, more precise and causes fewer side effects than traditional radiation treatments. Providers are able to capture and analyze data relating to a particular patient, and to adjust the type of radiation delivered depending on the patient’s needs.

Complementary to the TrueBeam system is an extracranial tracking system used to treat prostate cancers.

Calypso Extracranial Tracking

Known as the GPS for the prostate, tracks tumors in real time, detecting the slightest movement of the tumor and guiding the physician in repositioning of the patient, if necessary.

Enables providers to target the tumor with extreme precision and avoid affecting healthy surrounding tissue. It also reduces the amount of time needed to deliver the treatment, down to about five minutes from 20.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 610-378-2117 or info@thefututeofhealthcare.org