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TrueBeam™ Treatment

TrueBeam™ treatment

Lancaster General Health is committed to offering comprehensive cancer care close to home. TrueBeam™ technology delivers powerful cancer treatments with speed, accuracy and precision, allowing the care team to address challenging cancers anywhere in the body, including the:

  • Abdomen

  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Head
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Neck
  • Prostate
  • Spine

A range of treatment options

The versatility of this advanced system gives LG Health radiation oncologists great flexibility in determining a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Combining radiotherapy and radiosurgery technology, TrueBeam technology can be used for:

  • Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • RapidArc® radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)

Advanced technology offers advantages

TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver precisely targeted radiation from any angle. Integrated real-time imaging allows the radiation technologist to see the tumor and surrounding soft tissue and to make any necessary adjustments during treatment. Beam-shaping capabilities make it possible to deliver high doses to small targets. Using a technology called “respiratory gating,” the system synchronizes with the patient’s breathing, pausing beam delivery when the tumor moves out of the target range. The system offers several advantages:

  • Highly precise targeting reduces radiation exposure to healthy tissue
  • Short treatment sessions—often just a few minutes a day
  • Flexibility to treat complex tumors and metastatic cancers
  • No incisions
  • No pain
  • No anesthesia
  • No hospitalization requirement

What to expect

The TrueBeam treatment process begins with an evaluation by the treatment team, including a radiation oncologist. A technician takes an MRI, CT or CT/PET scan to determine the size, shape and location of the tumors. Based on those scans, the radiation oncologist develops a specific treatment plan. During treatment, the patient is comfortably positioned on the treatment couch. Music is available, and the system allows two-way communication between the patient and technician.

The TrueBeam system delivers radiation according to the treatment plan, while the technician monitors the patient via close-circuit television. Most treatment sessions last only a few minutes each day. The number of treatments depends on many factors, including the type and location of the tumor. During the course of treatment, the treatment team assesses the tumor regularly and adjusts the treatment plan as necessary.

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