Saint Clare’s Health Adds TruBeam®
Technology to Its Cancer Treatment Arsenal
Denville, NJ (June 10, 2019) –– The Center for Cancer Care
at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital is proud to announce that it
has acquired the TruBeam® Advanced Radiation Treatment System for
cancer. TruBeam® technology is the choice of eight of the top ten
US cancer hospitals. The TruBeam® system’s patented radial therapy
beam technology targets tumors with a degree of power and precision unthinkable
just a few years ago. It enables Saint Clare’s to treat cancer without
surgery, using powerful, state-of-the-art radiation therapy, delivered
precisely and accurately and individualized for each patient. Because
of its highly automated precision, TruBeam® opens the door to new
possibilities for treatment of challenging cases such as cancer in the
lung, breast, abdomen, head and neck as well as other cancers that are
treatable with radial therapy.
Developed by Varin Medical Systems, TruBeam® uses high energy x-rays
(photons) or in some cases streams of electrons, to destroy cancer cells.
When a patient undergoes a TruBeam® treatment, a precisely shaped
beam hits the cancerous cells. Their ability to reproduce is compromised
and they eventually die, causing the tumor to shrink. Advantages of the
new TruBeam® treatment:
- It is non-invasive, there is no incision or surgery.
- It is fast. It can deliver higher doses of radiation at greater speed allowing
some treatments that took 10 to 30 minutes to be given in just minutes a day.
- Precise. The system uses a highly sophisticated imaging system that allows
doctors to “see” the tumor they’re treating in real
time and target it with pinpoint precision, even tumors that move when
you breathe – those in the lungs for example – can be precisely
targeted thanks to special tools that compensate for motion during a treatment.
- It’s versatile. It can be used to deliver advanced radial therapy
or radial surgery giving doctors the flexibility to use whatever protocol
is appropriate. Treatments can be modified as the tumor shrinks, only
hitting the target.
- It’s individualized. Since every tumor is different, TruBeam®
can shape the radiation beam to accurately match the size and form of
most tumors regardless of their shape.
- It is comfortable. A closed-circuit television enables the radiation therapist
to watch you during the treatment, and two-way audio lets you talk with
Varian’s TruBeam® system can be used to deliver many forms of
radiotherapy treatment, including: image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT); intensity-modulated
radiotherapy (IMRT); stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS); and stereotactic
body radiotherapy (SBRT). These different treatment modalities provide
clinicians with the versatility to tailor each patient’s treatments
with remarkable precision, using the most appropriate approach for each
The Center for Cancer Care will begin to treat patients with this new technology
in early July.
About the Center for Cancer Care
The Center for Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital is
accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. It
is under the direction of Noah Goldman, MD, who is a noted educator with
academic appointments, including Mount Sinai Hospital, New York University
School of Medicine, the world-renowned Albert Einstein School of Medicine
and Columbia University.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes medical oncologists, radiation
oncologists, a gynecologic oncologist, interventional radiologist, surgical
oncologist, pathologist, nurses, nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists,
radiation therapists, and licensed social workers who collaborate to provide
a custom, comprehensive treatment plan for every patient and family.
We offer seamless screening, diagnoses, treatment, surgical intervention,
and recovery services in one convenient location. We also understand that
no two patients are alike, which is why our multidisciplinary expert panel
meets weekly to review each case and treatment plan. The team works collaboratively
to ensure each person’s cancer care strategy is tailored to their
lifestyle. We offer:
- Screening and diagnostics with the capability of detecting cancer in the
early, more treatable stages
- Patient navigators to help support patients through the cancer treatment
process whether it’s acting as a liaison between patient and cancer
team, scheduling appointments, coordinating with insurance company and
care providers, or connecting our patients to resources at the Center
for Cancer Care or in the community.
- Surgery, if it is part of the treatment plan, our modern, spacious surgical
suites are equipped with the latest technology and amenities.
- Radiation therapy, using the most advanced equipment available.
- Support services. The Center for Cancer Care offers support services for
people living with cancer, their families and caregivers. The oncology
social workers offer ongoing support groups and other interactive activities
with the aim of educating, connecting, and empowering everyone during
the cancer journey.
- Nutrition counseling, pain management, spiritual services and home care
are also the ways the Center for Cancer Care can help you combat cancer.
The Center for Cancer Care is located at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital,
23 Pocono Road, Denville, New Jersey 07834.