New Radiation Technology Provides UnityPoint Health® Cancer Patients Positive Treatment Experience
July 3, 2019
UnityPoint Health is excited to announce the implementation of new radiation oncology technology called 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) couch. The new radiotherapy equipment delivers radiation precision and minimizes healthy tissue damage.
“The upgrade provides millimeter accuracy to a tumor. This will spare the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor from receiving radiation. Although the risk is low, it is possible to damage normal tissue if it is exposed to high levels of radiation. This is another step we’re taking towards minimizing radiation risks for our patients,” says Dr. Candace Correa, Radiation Oncologist.
6DoF provides non-invasive radiation for a larger dose needing less frequency in sessions. The machine is effective for all cancers.
“The field has seen many advancements in the last ten years. It’s common for patients to be nervous for their first radiation appointment because they are used to hearing the stereotypes of radiation therapy from family members or friends who received radiation treatment in the past. But once I talk through the process and we finish their first session they say that’s it? They are surprised at how easy and quick this is” says Correa.
She adds new technology like 6DoF and an overall higher quality of radiation has made a tremendous difference in successfully treating cancer without affecting quality of life during and after treatment.
“It’s very rewarding to be in this field. Cancer used to mean end of life but not anymore. It’s great seeing patients live full lives and helping them see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t want our patients to feel afraid when they come in for their appointments. We’re here to help and provide support,” says Correa.
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