LUMBERTON — With new technology now available at Gibson Cancer Center, Louis Brisson, 81, of Dublin, is now able to receive radiation treatments for prostate cancer in half the time it would have required just a few weeks earlier.
GCC, an affiliate of Southeastern Health, has purchased Versa HD™, a revolutionary radiation treatment system designed to improve cancer patient care. Developed by Elekta, Versa HD provides the flexibility to treat a broad spectrum of tumors throughout the body, while enabling treatment of highly complex cancers that require extreme targeting precision. GCC invested approximately $3 million in the sophisticated technology to further expand cancer treatment capabilities for patients in the area, and began treating patients using the new equipment mid-July.
Versa HD leverages the latest advances in technology to enable sophisticated approaches to traditionally challenging cases. The system’s patented technology provides superior conformance to tumor size, shape and volume, allowing GCC clinicians to administer higher dose rates that can enhance treatment effectiveness while protecting critical structures such as the heart, spine, or bladder. The result is faster treatment times, minimizing the risk of movement by patients who are receiving treatment in the vicinity of critical structures.
“I really didn’t feel anything,” said Brisson after his sixth treatment in a course of 37 treatments that he has been told by GCC Radiation Oncologist Dr. Tom Walden that his cancer will require. “It was very comfortable, only took about 15 minutes, and, so far, I have not expereinced any side effects,” added Brisson.
Shortened treatment times can also improve patient comfort, particularly for older patients who may find it difficult to remain in one position over extended periods of time. Softer streamlined shapes and ergonomic features combine with low mechanical noise and ambient lighting effects to help create a confident and relaxed patient treatment environment. From enhanced patient safety features to greater environmental friendliness, Versa HD reflects carefully conceived design innovations while enabling expanded patient treatment capabilities.
With Versa HD, GCC has opened the door to today’s advanced cancer treatments for patients in the region. A public open house is scheduled for August 28 which will offer refreshments and tours of the updated facility and new equipment.
For information, call 910-671-5730.