WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center is the first and only hospital in southeast Kansas to offer the newest and most advanced stereotactic cancer treatment technology – The Varian Edge™ Radiosurgery System.
“This high-precision radiosurgery system is a great addition to our oncology services program,” said Dr. Grant Rine, MD, Wesley’s radiation oncology medical director. “Treatments can be performed with much greater ease, comfort, precision and speed for the patient – often in less than an hour.”
The $4.4M Edge system offers patients a fast, effective option for treating tumors found in the lung, prostate, brain and spine using a real-time tracking system so clinicians can detect slight tumor movement, thus minimizing the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue.
“Even tumors that move when a patient breathes can be precisely targeted due to special tools that compensate for patient motion,” Dr. Rine said. “The system also performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment, synchronizing imaging, patient movement, beam shaping and dose delivery.”
As a non-invasive option, radiosurgery use in the United States has been growing steadily over the last decade for the treatment of cancer and other conditions that can be appropriately treated with focused radiation. Predictions are that it will continue to grow as research accrues about the benefits to patients.
“Cancer is still the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one out of every four deaths,” said Dr. Ellen Cooke, MD, a radiation oncologist at Wesley. “As the global burden is expected to grow, we need to make sure we have the technology and services available for both children and adults to meet this growing need.”
This technology is the latest addition to Wesley’s comprehensive radiation oncology services, which include a full range of traditional linear accelerator and brachytherapy services. Wesley’s cancer center also provides the region’s only pediatric oncology program.
“Almost everyone is touched by cancer at some point in their lives – whether personally, or through a loved one,” Dr. Cooke said. “It’s our job as caregivers to provide the best treatment option available in an effort to provide the best patient outcome possible.”
The new equipment is currently being installed and commissioned. The hospital will begin treating patients with the Edge system this month.
Radiosurgery is one of several potential options for treating cancer. Patients are encouraged to discuss their options with their physicians.
For more information about Varian Edge Radiosurgery, visit www.varian.com. For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its radiation oncology services, please visit www.wesleymc.com/cancercare.
Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.