True Beam Advanced Radiation Therapy
It is True Beam, and it’s the most advanced cancer treatment option
for tomorrow… but it’s available TODAY, at Catawba Valley
Medical Center, the first Cancer Center to have True Beam radiation therapy
in North Carolina.
Image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery can make treatment more comfortable,
less time consuming, and can reduce side effects.
Enter the TrueBeam system for image guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery,
now being implemented at Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC). In addition
to making both treatment and recovery easier on the patient, the system
offers another important benefit: convenience.
The TrueBeam system uses intense, precisely targeted beams of radiation
to perform stereotactic radiosurgery, which destroys cancerous tissue
much like surgery would, but from outside the body without the need for
incisions. The TrueBeam system can also perform image-guided radiotherapy
to kill cancer cells.
“We’re pleased to offer this advanced technology to our entire
region,” says Dr. Reggie Sigmon, part of the CVMC Comprehensive
Cancer Center team that also includes Dr. John Delcharco and Dr. Shannon
Tomlinson. “Patients who need treatment such as surgery for brain
tumors won’t have to drive to Winston, Charlotte, or Asheville for
this specialized care — it will be offered right here in Hickory.
Saving even an hour of time, travel, and aggravation can ease a significant
burden on both patients and their families.”
Treatment in Motion
Using the TrueBeam RapidArc® radiotherapy technology, complex procedures that once took forty minutes
to an hour can be completed in five to twenty minutes.
“Rather than treating a tumor with multiple exposures from different,
stationary angles, the system does several continuous arcs that deliver
treatment while the machine is moving,” says medical physicist Len
Hurst, a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, Radiation Safety
Officer, and the CVMC Director of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Physics.
“Patients spend less time on the table because we can give a higher
dose in a shorter period.”
During treatment, an optical guidance system allows precise tracking of
highly targeted areas— even accounting for patient movement. “The
machine automatically stops and employs imaging technology to reposition
so we’re always treating the spot we’re supposed to treat,”
This is especially useful when treating lung tumors, which move with breathing.
The system’s adaptability also allows brain surgery to be performed
without a metal ring screwed into the skull to hold the head still. Because
the system is so precise, treatment is better able to avoid healthy tissue,
resulting in fewer side effects.
“We’re excited about this system,” Hurst says. “Many
people in our region will benefit from having this technology nearby.”
If you or a loved one are facing treatment of cancer, take advantage of
tomorrow’s technology – available today at Catawba Valley
Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Learn more about Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center