Varian Edge RadioSurgery System

We are grateful for the community's generous reponse to help support the purchase of the Varian Edge RadioSurgery System for the Lykes Radiation Pavilion.  The impact of your gift means we can continue to uphold our commitment to provide the foremost cancer treatment available to the more than 700 patients that receive outpatient cancer care. We are proud to share that this new piece of technology, which integrates an advanced linear accelerator with real-time motion management, is now a reality. In fact, this May, our team began using this technology to treat patients.

“The linear accelerator is a cutting-edge device that allows our Radiation Oncology physicians and team members to treat more patients in less time, but with more accuracy than ever before.  Treatment plans that historically took several hours can now be done in less than 20 minutes.” explains Jeremy Harmon, Director of Operations, Morton Plant Hospital.

The linear accelerator is unique because it uses a motion management system to deliver high doses of radiation safely and accurately to cancerous tumors of the brain, breast, prostate, lungs and/or other areas of the body.  If a patient moves more than a fraction of a millimeter in any direction, the radiation will be stopped until the patient is back in the correct position.  This is particularly beneficial in treating patients with brain or lung cancers because healthy tissue and organs are sparred the unnecessary radiation exposure.

 

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Your donations have made it possible for Morton Plant Hospital to be the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area to offer this technology!  Dr. Roberto Diaz, Radiation Oncologist, points out, “We are part of a select group of centers with a state-of-the-art linear accelerator. We are now able to treat Pinellas County patients in a faster and more efficient way.” We are so grateful to continue to help provide the highest quality care to our community.

You are one of the reasons that patients, families and physicians can put their trust in Lykes Radiation Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital.  Together, we have built an accredited and comprehensive cancer program that integrates advanced technology administered by an experienced treatment team.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

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