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R. Scott Anderson, MD, FACR and Caleb R. Dulaney, MD bring unparalleled expertise to the Anderson Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Department. Modern techniques and expert staff make the experience as comfortable as possible.

Anderson First in Mississippi to Offer TomoTherapy for Cancer Patients

Doctors at Anderson Regional Cancer Center are now treating cancer patients with the most advanced radiation system available, rivaling systems used at some of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. Anderson’s new TomoTherapy System® is one of only 13 TomoTherapy systems in the nation, and the only one in the state of Mississippi. The TomoTherapy System delivers treatments with increased speed and precision while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Dr. R. Scott next to advanced Tomo Therapy system“At Anderson Regional Cancer Center, we take pride in offering the most advanced cancer treatment options available,” said Dr. Scott Anderson, Radiation Oncologist. “The TomoTherapy System’s unique design and capabilities give our team the ability to target tumors in ways never before thought possible and deliver aggressive, extremely accurate and highly individualized treatment for each patient. We’re excited to offer this leading-edge technology to our patients as part of our continued commitment to high quality patient care.”

TomoTherapy uses a linear accelerator merged onto a computed tomography (CT) based framework, which allows radiation to be delivered in a helical fashion from 360 degrees. Treatments can be continuously delivered to the tumor from every angle. More beam directions also provides assurance that the dose will be confined to the tumor, reducing the risk of short- and long-term side effects.

Anderson added, “The TomoTherapy System can efficiently treat large tumors, or multiple tumors in different areas of the body in the same treatment session. The system also enables patients with recurring tumors to receive additional radiation that would not have been performed with traditional radiation systems.”

TomoTherapy can increase the chances of controlling a solitary pulmonary nodule from 45 percent with surgical resection to 70 percent using this technology. In some cases, lung cancer patients will receive only one week of TomoTherapy treatments as compared to seven weeks with traditional radiation therapy systems.

TomoTherapy radiation sessions are non-invasive and typically pain-free. The TomoTherapy System is clinically proven to be effective and improve patients’ quality of life.

Anderson First Cancer Center in US to Use RayStation with TomoTherapy

Anderson Regional Cancer Center is the first center in the US to treat patients using the combination of RaySearch’s treatment planning system (TPS) RayStation, and Accuray Incorporated’s TomoTherapy® Treatment Delivery System.

Anderson Regional Cancer Center first began using RayStation in 2013 with its conventional linear accelerators which provided significant benefits for workflow and patient treatments. The center then added the TomoTherapy System, a highly advanced radiation treatment. Anderson has worked closely with RaySearch and Accuray to join the technologies and is now using RayStation for all radiation treatment planning, which is providing substantial gains in efficiency. Additionally, the high-precision treatment delivery provided by the TomoTherapy System will help ensure the best possible radiation treatments for patients.

The first treatment combining RayStation and TomoTherapy System at Anderson Regional Cancer Center was successfully administered to treat a prostate cancer patient. Moving forward, the center will use this combination of TPS and radiation treatment delivery system to also treat cancers of the breast, lung, and head and neck.

Dr. Scott Anderson, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, said, “Integrating RayStation planning for multiple accelerator platforms enables us to fully embrace the TomoTherapy System’s advantages. The future of our patients certainly looks brighter with the ability to unify these developments.”

John Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System, said, “The Anderson Regional Cancer Center team is continually researching new technologies and advanced medical procedures that will benefit our patients. It took many years and a high level of expertise to bring this collaboration to fruition.”

Read the complete press release here.

Radiation Care Team

Physicist and Dosimetrist
Our radiation physicist takes precise measurements of the radiation equipment output and ensures that the machine delivers the precise dose of radiation. The dosimetrist aids in carrying out your treatment plan by carefully calculating the dose of radiation you will receive and the daily machine settings/parameters.

Your radiation therapy nurse is a registered nurse trained to implement the plan of care your radiation oncologist prescribes. The nurse administers medications and monitors any possible side effects or adverse reactions.

The radiation therapist delivers a prescribed course of radiation therapy as set forth by your radiation oncologist and maintains daily records of these treatments. The radiation therapist takes weekly X-rays of your treatment site to ensure that proper positioning is accurately maintained throughout your radiation treatments.


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