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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 treating cancer patients with one of the most advanced radiation system available, rivaling systems used at some of the largest cancer treatment centers in the world. 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

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.

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.

SpaceOAR Hydrogel Helps Prostate Cancer Patients

Radiation oncologists at Anderson Regional Cancer Center are using an innovative technology shown in a clinical study to help prostate cancer patients avoid some of the negative effects of radiation therapy. SpaceOAR Hydrogel is the only FDA-cleared spacer to help reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

SpaceOAR Hydrogel is an absorbable gel that creates a temporary space between the prostate and the rectum, designed to reduce the radiation dose to the rectum. Because of the proximity of the rectum and prostate, prostate radiation therapy can cause unintended damage to the rectum, which can lead to fecal incontinence issues or other long-lasting side effects.

Placed through a needle, SpaceOAR Hydrogel is administered as a liquid between the prostate and the rectum, but quickly solidifies into a soft gel that expands the space and pushes the rectal wall away from the high-dose radiation area. The hydrogel stays in place for about three months. After about six months, the hydrogel is naturally absorbed into the body and removed through urine.

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.

Nurse
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.

Therapist
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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