CancerCare of Maine Receives the Latest Technology

08/06/2009

Bangor, ME – Eastern Maine Medical Center is taking delivery this month of several new pieces of equipment that will improve treatment effectiveness for cancer patients. On Friday, August 7 at 8 am at its new center in Brewer, CancerCare of Maine will receive the second of its two new radiation treatment machines.

The system arriving on Friday is a Clinac IX with Rapid Arc. The machine may significantly decrease treatment time for patients with select cancers. Patients who would normally be scheduled for a half hour treatment could be treated in less than five minutes. The decreased time lying on the treatment table will be a big benefit for patients. Also, by reducing treatment time, CancerCare will be able to treat more patients each day.

This new device provides precise targeting of radiation to a tumor, sparing healthy tissue, providing for better outcomes and fewer side effects for patients. It comes equipped with "On Board Imaging" which allows for immediate adjustments to the target area of the radiation as the patient moves.

Last week, CancerCare received delivery of the Novalis TX with brain lab robotics, the first such machine in the state. This piece of equipment enables stereotactic radiation, which is surgery using radiation. It will be used for the treatment of select tumors.

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