Friday, June 18, 2010
Medical Reports: Rotating Radiation
Cancer treatment can be difficult and draining, but a new treatment works faster and is easier on patient. 7s Christine Cruz shows us how Rotating Radiation is fighting tumors.
WSVN -- Anselm Listhrope or "Slim" as he likes to be called, loves to spend his free time in the kitchen.
Anselm "Slim" Listhrope: "I cook curry chicken, cook oxtail, rice and peas and chicken, fish. I just love cooking."
But his life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Anselm "Slim" Listhrope: "I knew nobody in my family has cancer and I am probably the only one who was diagnosed with cancer, so I didn't know what to think."
"Slim" needed radiation to fight the cancer so doctors at Memorial Cancer Institute told him about Rapid Arc Therapy. A new technology that delivers a precise dose of radiation in record time.
Dr. Sri Sundararaman: "I think the ease, the comfort, it translates into better outcomes."
Here's how it works: ACT scan is taken to pinpoint the exact site of the tumor. Then the patient lays down on the table. The Rapid Arc machine rotates around the patient delivering a targeted dose of radiation all in about two minutes. Doctors say because the treatment is easier on patients they canincrease the dose of radiation.
Dr. Sri Sundararaman: "In most instances, if we can give more dose we're expecting a higher chance of cure."
And the treatment reduces damage to surrounding tissues and organs.
Dr. Sri Sundararaman: "If we are able to treat, we want to ensure that we don't cause any unnecessary unforeseen damage."
That means little or no side effects. Rapid Arc Therapy isn't for all types of cancer.
Dr. Sri Sundararaman: "But it has been so beneficial for patients with cancer in the brain, primary brain tumors, cancers of the head and neck area certainly prostate cancer."
"Slim" had the treatment every day for five weeks.
Anselm "Slim" Listhrope: "It was quick. I felt no pain."
He is now cancer-free, but gets check-ups every couple months. "Slim" is back to making his favorite dishes and enjoying life again, and says cancer was just a dish life served him.
Anselm "Slim" Listhrope: "It's a part of life. We get all kinds of disease and sickness and the sooner you can take care of it, the better for you."
Christine Cruz: "Rapid Arc Therapy is covered by most insurance companies."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Memorial Cancer Institute
Dr. Srinath Sundararaman
Tel: (954) 265-5700