Frye Regional Medical Center broke ground August 26 on an expansion that will add radiation therapy to Frye’s list of available oncology services. The hospital will install its new linear accelerator, On-Board Imager® kV imaging system, in March 2009 in the new addition, which will be located on the northeast side of the hospital. The equipment makes it possible for doctors to offer patients image-guided radiotherapy, a precise form of treatment that utilizes multiple imaging and motion management techniques for ultra-accurate tumor targeting.
“This state-of-the-art technology will enable us to treat patients with advanced radiotherapy techniques,” said Michael Blackburn, CEO of Frye Regional Medical Center. “It provides us with tremendous versatility and precision for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient’s case.”
Nearly 80 invited guests attended the groundbreaking, including medical staff, board members, and other community leaders.
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages,” says Andrea Worley, administrative director of radiology services at Frye. “We have the potential to improve treatment outcomes by doing a better job of protecting healthy tissue while delivering more powerful doses to cancerous tumors.”
Radiation therapy is expected to be available at Frye in spring 2009. For more information, or for physician referral, please call 88-315-3391.