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Tuality/OHSU unveils latest cancer-fighting device

The recent installation of a new radiation treatment machine at Tuality/OHSU Cancer Treatment Center will enable physicians to offer patients radiation treatment therapy not previously available.

The Elekta Infinity linear accelerator allows greater ability to target a cancerous tumor while avoiding nearby non-cancerous tissue. In addition, patients will be more comfortable during radiation therapy and will have shorter treatment times — as little as five minutes compared to 30- to 40-minute sessions with the old machine.

“Our patients deserve the very best in technology,” said Tina Dickerson, director of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center. “With our new accelerator, we have the latest in treatment modalities to offer.”

The installation took more than two months because of the complex nature of the construction.

The linear accelerator is a very heavy machine, requiring a thick concrete floor for support.

During construction, patients were treated at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute clinic in Beaverton.

“This technology has really matured in the past 10 years. It allows us to combine the delivery of radiation therapy with precise localization of the target through imaging,” said Dr. Charlotte Dai Kubicky, the radiation oncologist who serves as medical director of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center.

The capability of the Elekta machine are expected to lead to better outcomes, higher cure rates and less toxicity associated with the treatment.




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