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Christina Chavira
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530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell
christina.chavira@enloe.org

Powerful new system for cancer treatment launches today at Enloe

CHICO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012 – The Enloe Regional Cancer Center will begin treating patients today with its new leading edge linear accelerator, a $4 million technology upgrade. The new system, called TrueBeam from Varian Medical Systems, delivers a faster dose rate than most typical linear accelerators and can target tumors even as they move and change over time. It can reduce treatment time by at least 50 percent. Additionally, it offers a treatment option for some people with complex cancers who previously were not candidates for traditional radiotherapy.

Enloe is fifth medical center in California to offer this new system. TrueBeam is also available at Stanford Hospital, Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, U.C. San Diego, and UCLA Medical Center. Enloe began preparing for the system in September 2011, implementing software that enables faster and more targeted treatment planning. Construction began in October to allow for installation.

Linear accelerators deliver x-rays to a patient’s tumor to destroy cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue. The new machine will replace one of the two linear accelerators that have been in operation and will add new services that previously required out-of-the-area referral.

Varian’s TrueBeam enables a different approach to treating cancer. It features a built-in CT scanner (computerized tomography scanner) that allows more precise radiation therapy. A daily CT scan is conducted prior to treatment, and the machine automatically moves the patient to the exact position to target the tumor. Precision of the system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter. TrueBeam synchronizes all of its functions and performs accuracy checks every 10 milliseconds throughout a treatment session. It also continually measures critical data points as a treatment progresses. Improved accuracy can shorten the duration of a course of treatment from weeks to days.

At the Enloe Regional Cancer Center, medical director Dr. Grace Yuh and radiation oncologist Dr. Anne Dawson diagnose, treat and manage common cancers as well as unusual and rare tumor types. They administer treatments with close collaboration of radiation therapist, nurses, physicists, dosemetrists and other staff members at the Cancer Center. Radiation oncology treatment options at the Cancer Center include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, High Dose Radiation Therapy, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation and prostate cancer treatments. In the near future Enloe will also offer stereotactic radiosurgery treatment in the brain and body.

About the Enloe Regional Cancer Center: We are dedicated to helping patients throughout their cancer journey. Clinical services include medical oncology/hematology, radiation oncology, an infusion therapy clinic overlooking the beautiful Healing Garden; breast care; clinical trials; oncology tumor rounds; a cancer registry; and a lymphedema program. Cancer Connections provides a network of support for patients and their families. Enloe’s comprehensive Cancer Care Services also include inpatient and outpatient surgery, inpatient medical oncology services, social services, hospice support, and an affiliation with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more at www.enloe.org/cancer.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org.   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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