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August 10, 2014
Susan B Cole 315 464-6547

Region’s top cancer-fighting technology housed at Upstate Cancer Center

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The new Upstate Cancer Center signifies a significant gain in the fight against cancer in Central New York. Not just because care will be offered in a new, state-of-the-art facility, but because life-saving technology that has never before been available in the region will be housed there. The additions of new technologies to the existing arsenal of cancer treatment options available at Upstate set patients up for success as they fight this disease.

“It’s a very exciting time,” said Jeffrey Bogart, M.D., chair, Radiation Oncology, Upstate Medical University. “The new Upstate Cancer Center will be home to the greatest range of advanced technologies for the treatment of cancer, giving our doctors the tools they need to give patients the best possible care and outcomes.”

The region’s first VERO Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy System (SBRT), one of only three nationwide, will be in use at the Upstate Cancer Center.  This high tech tool is used for advanced treatment of lung, liver, spine, prostate and other cancers by combining treatment and imaging capabilities.

The VERO SBRT offers unsurpassed precision in delivering high doses of radiation to complex tumors, which maximizes protection of neighboring organs and limits complications. A unique tracking function allows tumor location to be monitored and radiotherapy to be continuously delivered even if tumors change position, such as lung and liver tumors.

Upstate Cancer Center will also offer the only TrueBeam linear accelerator in Central New York. The TrueBeam system also fully integrates advanced imaging and treatment technology to treat cancers with speed and accuracy at any disease site in the body. “The TrueBeam system uniquely features Gated RapidArc radiotherapy, another advanced method for effectively treating tumors that may move during breathing.,” explains Bogart.

These new technologies will join Upstate’s already robust offering of cancer imaging and treatment tools, available at Upstate University Hospital. These include Tomotherapy, Calypso, Gamma Knife Perfexion and the UroNav fusion biopsy system.

CAPTION: The Upstate Cancer Center is home to the region’s first VERO Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy System (SBRT),which will be one of only three in use in the United States.  The VERO SBRT is used for advanced treatment of lung, liver, spine, prostate and other cancers by combining treatment and imaging capabilities to provide unprecedented precision.

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