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Independent Radiation Center Looks To Redefine Patient Care

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 5:52am

According to officials at Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, patients tired of endless waits, cold exam rooms and impatient staff can turn to their independent treatment center. Here, they state, more is done to cater to the individual and minimize the impact on patients’ personal lives.

With the advent of independent radiation centers like Faber, cancer patients can access treatment facilities that often accept a wider range of insurance options, may provide a more individualized course of treatment and are quicker to acquire new technologis than some hospitals. These new generation of independent treatment centers want to bring the European model of care to the U.S., offering a warmer alternative to the hospital environment without compromising the quality of medical care.

“I think it’s easy for doctors to underestimate the toll that radiation treatment can take on patients’ daily lives,” explains radiation oncologist Dr. Leonard Farber. “The concept behind independent treatment centers is to give patients the superior quality of care they would find at the most progressive institutions around the world while minimizing discomfort and disruption. Using the most precise, innovative technology available to us helps ensure safer treatment delivery, speed treatment time, minimize side effects, and enable patients to maintain some normalcy in their lives.”

Dr. Leonard Farber is the driving force behind the Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, New York’s first and only freestanding radiation facility and offer the following treatments:

  • AccuBoost powered by Nucletron: AccuBoost technology uses High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatment to target breast cancer in a noninvasive way. In breast conservation therapy, it is important to administer a “boost” dose of radiation to the lumpectomy site to further protect against recurrence. Before each session, AccuBoost helps doctors visualize the treatment area, providing an extremely precise digital map of the target for greater accuracy.
  • Elekta Infinity with VMAT Technology: Using real-time 3D imaging that helps conform the radiation beams to the shape of the tumor, this therapy allows for developing a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs, resulting in maximum accuracy and precision, as well as a lower incidence of side effects.
  • Flexitron by Nucletron: This HDR brachytherapy delivery system provides millimeter-sized accuracy while allowing physicians to administer higher, more concentrated doses of radiation directly to cancer cells. Without having to pass through healthy tissue first, the radiation is delivered precisely and accurately to the tumor, leaving patients with a shorter recovery time and fewer side effects.
  • Anatom-e: This system combines interactive, highly-detailed diagrams with CT scans and intensity modulated radiation therapy to streamline the diagnostic process and prevent the treatment of healthy tissue, sparing organs at risk, reducing side effects and cutting off pathways of spread.
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