New Mexico Doctors Now Treating Brain and Prostate Cancer With RapidArc Radiotherapy Technology
To treat a metastatic brain tumor believed to have spread from an earlier bout with lung cancer, Troutman received five stereotactic radiotherapy treatments over a two week period, the last three of which were delivered using RapidArc. “With RapidArc, we were able to cut his treatments from 50 minutes to ten minutes,” said
Troutman said, “You never know what the future holds, but I feel really fortunate to be here after two bouts with cancer.”
The New Mexico Cancer Center has also used RapidArc radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer.
“When the doctors switched over to RapidArc, I was grateful because the treatments went by so fast,” said Sadler, a veteran of the Gulf and Vietnam Wars. “Before then, my treatments were taking 20 minutes, and I was finding that very stressful. But when the process dropped to 90 seconds per treatment, I hardly had any time to think–it was over so quickly!”
“RapidArc really helped John get through his treatments easier,” said
Tumors can move during longer treatments, due to the natural movement of internal organs. For example, the prostate can shift by several millimeters as the bladder fills, which has the potential to compromise treatment accuracy. “In the case of prostate cancer, when a treatment takes only 90 seconds to deliver, we are better able to deliver the dose right where we want it and spare the surrounding healthy tissue,” said Dr. Franklin.
RapidArc radiotherapy technology has now been used for the treatment of prostate, head and neck, lung, brain, spine, bone, gynecological, and soft tissue cancers. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates show that, in 2008 there were 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer and 21,810 new cases of brain cancer in
New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) is one of the largest physician-owned and operated cancer treatment centers in the Southwest, opened in 2002. NMCC is operated by New Mexico Oncology Hematology which is comprised of nine medical oncologists and four radiation oncologists who specialize in treating cancer and blood disorders. In addition to the main center in
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