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Published on April 04, 2006

Illinois Regional Cancer Center Acquires Cancer Targeting Tool

April 4, 2006

Ultrasound system provides pinpoint targeting for radiation treatment

Illinois Regional Cancer Center in DeKalb has enhanced its radiation oncology capability for the treatment of prostate cancer with the addition of a NOMOS® Radiation Oncology BAT® (B-mode Acquisition and Targeting) system.

The product, pioneered by NOMOS Radiation Oncology, is used in leading cancer centers worldwide. “This advancement is part our ongoing commitment to delivering optimum clinical care to our patients,” said Dr. Bharati Bhate, radiation oncologist and IRCC medical director.

BAT uses ultrasound-based technology to pinpoint tumor targets prior to a radiation therapy treatment. “With BAT, we can align patients at each treatment visit to the original treatment plan position. Patient alignment is critical to ensuring the exact targeting and treatment of tumors while sparing surrounding healthy tissues, nerves and organs,” Dr. Bhate said.

BAT offers the potential for improved cancer cure rates by allowing the safe delivery of higher-dose radiation while simultaneously minimizing the risk of treatment-related complications

Two highly trained radiation therapists at Illinois Regional Cancer Center will be using the new BAT system. Therapist Kimberly Nickson received training on the BAT system at renowned University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the leading university for radiation therapy. Therapist Kathryn Zak was trained at Southern Illinois University in Springfield.

The Illinois Regional Cancer Center, a member of the KishHealth System, is a state-of-the-art outpatient radiation therapy center. For more information about BAT or other radiation therapies offered at IRCC, call 815.756.4722.

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