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Published on December 01, 2008

GHS Radiation Therapy Center To Provide New Treatment

Monday, December 01, 2008

Georgetown, SC-- Georgetown Hospital System’s Radiation Therapy Center at Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center has added a new state-of-the-art option for treating cancer.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) allows for very targeted elimination of diseased tissue by using high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors - without using a scalpel.  This nonsurgical treatment option, which has been popularized by such names as Gamma Knife or Cyberknife®, involves precise establishment of a three-dimensional coordinate system within the patient’s body, providing the ability to isolate, target and treat small and often difficult-to-access tumors in areas including the brain, liver, lung, and other anatomical structures.

The treatment, which is typically completed in one to five visits, involves a multidisciplinary team of experts including radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, and nurses who work collaboratively to ensure patient safety, quality treatment delivery, and ultimately irradiation of the tumor, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

This technology and treatment option is particularly valuable in treating patients for whom traditional surgical excision of tumors would not be appropriate.

“We are really excited about being able to bring a technology with this level of sophistication, complexity and precision to our community.  We are looking forward to the benefits we can offer our patients through the use of radiosurgery in the ongoing fight against cancer,” said Radiation Oncologist Eric G. Aguero, M.D.

Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center opened in 2004.  The Radiation Therapy Center is accredited by American College of Radiology, making it the only ACR accredited facility in South Carolina to offer prostate brachytherapy,  breast brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.  The facility is affiliated with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

For additional information about the Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment or any other Georgetown Hospital System facility or service, go to www.GeorgetownHospitalSystem.org.

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