The Edge® Radiosurgery System for Cancer Treatment
With the addition of the Varian Edge Linear Accelerator®, the Forrest General Cancer Center can add an additional 30 to 40 patients a day to what it was already treating, which was about 700-plus patients a year.
By delivering stereotactic radiation for patients in fewer treatments, as few as 1 to 5 compared to 20 to 40 of conventional radiation therapy, the Forrest General patient spends less time at the cancer center and in the doctor’s office. “That means they get to spend more time with their loved ones doing the things they enjoy, so it adds quality to their lives,” said Dr. Sophy Mangana, radiation oncologist at the center. Treatments can also be completed in less than 2 minutes, allowing for a more comfortable experience for the patient with less time on the treatment couch and faster delivery which allows for reduced chances of tumor motion during treatment. That also helps protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs.
The accelerator can treat different types of cancers such as breast, prostate, lung, liver, pancreas, head, and neck using the stereotactic technique. For some patients, this can be an alternative to surgery, which avoids a day-long procedure or spending multiple days in the hospital. There are also fewer side effects.
“We are always looking for new opportunities to do what is best for our patients – whether it is offering new services or bringing in the advanced technologies that improve patient care and outcomes,” said Joe Marcello, Oncology Service Line Administrator.
How it works
The Edge® radiosurgery system opens the door for a non-invasive alternative to conventional surgery. With an eye toward improving treatment ease and convenience, patients can expect a more comfortable experience because the procedure is non-invasive with no incision needed. Normally an outpatient procedure, Edge treatments are typically completed within the same week taking only 1 – 5 sessions. Each session lasts less than an hour, which helps patients to quickly get in and out of treatment, reducing hospital stays and allowing them to resume their lives.
With the Edge radiosurgery system, a wide range of tumors that are typically difficult to reach with traditional surgery can be targeted and treated with power and precision. The Edge system works by delivering large, targeted doses of radiation to obliterate cancer cells. To accurately deliver the recommended amount of radiation, the beam treats each part of the tumor from many different angles. Using precise beam sculpting and a real-time tracking system, clinicians are able to deliver high radiation doses to destroy the tumor while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.
The Edge Difference
The Edge® radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems offers a new line of defense in the fight against cancer. Using advanced cancer treatment technology, the Edge® system offers patients a fast, effective surgical option for treating tumors without incisions or the need for overnight hospital stays. It may be used to treat tumors found in the lung, prostate, brain, spine and other indications throughout the body. The Edge Radiosurgery system uses a real-time tumor tracking system so clinicians can detect slight tumor movement, thus potentially minimizing the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue.
Why choose the Edge Radiosurgery system:
- Edge’s knife-like beam provides surgeons with the agility to treat tumors that are typically difficult to reach surgically.
- Edge protects surrounding healthy tissue by using advanced motion management techniques that help detect even slight tumor movement.
- Edge patients are able to continue with their daily lives because treatment sessions typically last less than an hour, and require neither hospital stays nor incisions.
*Edge radiosurgery is not appropriate for all cancers. Serious side effects, including fatigue and skin irritation, can occur. Treatment times may vary. Ask your doctor if the Edge treatment system is right for you.