Beaumont Hospital, Troy has opened a 13,000-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology department that completes the consolidation of the hospital's outpatient cancer services in an expanded Cancer Center on its Sterling Heights campus.
The $14.1 million project features the latest technology for planning and delivering radiation treatment including two new linear accelerators and a CT simulator enhancing treatment precision and reducing treatment time.
"This equipment puts us on the forefront of technology for the treatment of cancer so our physicians can provide patients with the highest quality, highest value care with the best possible outcome," explains Gary Gustafson, M.D., chief of Radiation Oncology at Beaumont, Troy. "In addition to the compassionate, multidisciplinary care that we are known for, we will be able to offer the most advanced radiation treatment options."
The new outpatient radiation unit is located on the first floor of a Cancer Center building in Sterling Heights across Dequindre Road from Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Other cancer services in the building include: the Wilson Cancer Resource Center, an outpatient Infusion Center, multidisciplinary cancer clinics, a cancer research office providing access to clinical research studies, cancer genetic counseling and Integrative Medicine - offering massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, guided imagery, hydrotherapy, meditation and yoga.
"With the opening of the new radiation oncology unit, we are able to offer all of the outpatient services needed by cancer patients in one convenient location to improve the patient experience," says Eric Brown, M.D., director of Oncology Services and the Breast Care Center at Beaumont, Troy. "Convenient access in a comfortable setting is so important for cancer patients, who make frequent visits for treatment during the course of their care."
| Jeff Forget, chief therapist, and Nicole Juhasz, clinical therapist,
adjust the new linear accelerator for treatment in the radiation
oncology department at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.
Beaumont, Troy's inpatient oncology services, including inpatient radiation oncology, will continue to be provided within the main hospital in Troy.
The new outpatient radiation oncology unit is equipped with advanced radiation therapy technology called Agility™ by Elekta. External beam radiation therapy is delivered by a device called a linear accelerator. With the Agility linear accelerator, the radiation beam can be precisely shaped to conform to the shape of the tumor. This more accurate targeting of the tumor with radiation helps to protect surrounding tissue from damage and can lower the risk of side effects.
The new equipment allows Beaumont, Troy radiation oncologists to offer the most advanced treatment options available, such as stereotactic body radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy and hypofractionation. These radiation therapies, also available at Beaumont, Royal Oak, are designed to help reduce treatment times.
"Beaumont is a national leader in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research," says Dr. Brown. "Our focus is on meeting the needs of cancer patients in our community with technological innovation and comprehensive, coordinated care. That translates into better outcomes and quality of life for our patients."
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Beaumont cancer expert, call 1-877-Beat Cancer or 1-877-232-8226.
| When patients complete weeks of radiation treatment, a ceremonial
bell is rung.
About Beaumont's Cancer Program
Beaumont's comprehensive cancer program combines the expertise of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists to offer cancer prevention counseling, diagnosis and treatment in hospital and community-based settings. The Beaumont Cancer Institute is one of only 49 Community Clinical Oncology Programs in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute to provide patients with access to leading-edge cancer clinical research trials. Beaumont is designated as a Blue Cross Center of Distinction for the Treatment of Rare and Complex Cancers. Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as "high performing" hospitals for cancer care. Find out more at http://cancer.beaumont.edu/.
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