Northside Expands Radiation Oncology Services at Atlanta Campus

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014

 

New technology, state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff make the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute the largest and most respected provider of cancer care services in Georgia.  More cases of cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside each year than at any other hospital in Georgia.  To better accommodate a growing number of patients requiring treatment at the hospital’s Atlanta Cancer Center, Northside has expanded its radiation therapy services.

“We are honored that so many patients have trusted the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute with their cancer care and we remain committed to offering a full continuum of treatment options to give each patient the very best chance for a cure,” says Patti Owen, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital.

Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy at some point during their treatment.  In recent years, Northside has expanded its services, with new facilities in Alpharetta, Canton and Cumming, to give patients increased access to care closer to home.  Now, Northside has completed a thorough renovation its flagship Cancer Center in Atlanta including the relocation of an existing linear accelerator from another facility and the addition of a fourth and brand new linear accelerator – Varian Medical Systems’ TrueBeam.  The new facility and technology enables Northside to see more patients, while reducing wait times they might experience.

TrueBeam is the latest radiotherapy system from Varian.  It offers many advanced features including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy.  IGRT uses advanced imaging to allow doctors and clinicians to see tumors in real time, so that they can correct the patient’s position and treat the cancer precisely.  Northside’s TrueBeam incorporates Vision RT motion management imaging technology to address the challenges of patient motion during treatment and increase the accuracy and safety of each treatment.  The technology tracks the patient in 3D real time, calculating any movement the patient makes (including breathing) in all six degrees of freedom.

IMRT enables staff to customize a patient’s radiation dose by varying (or modulating) the amount of radiation that is sent to different parts of the tumor.  RapidArc® technology, also available on Northside’s TrueBeam, takes IMRT a step further, generating higher doses of radiation and treating the entire tumor in a single arc around the patient, while sparing normal, healthy tissue and dramatically reducing the amount of time the patient spends on the couch.

TrueBeam can treat cancers anywhere in the body, where radiation treatment is indicated, and opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.

Northside’s Cancer Center also underwent a complete renovation of its facility.  Additional exam rooms and dressing rooms were built.  The waiting room was enlarged to allow for more seating space and a coffee bar for patient convenience.  All spaces were redesigned to look and feel much warmer and modern in an effort to make patients more comfortable.

For more than 35 years, the Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute has offered clinical excellence equal to most academic-based programs and the personalized, compassionate care that is typically associated with a community hospital.  Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals that includes:

  • board certified radiation oncologists, specifically credentialed in radiotherapy procedures

  • medical physicists, technologists and nurses, specially trained in radiation oncology

  • a wide array of allied health professionals to support the patients’ emotional and spiritual needs

Read more about the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.


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