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Life-giving benefits include:
Sparta Arrow Improved outcomes
Sparta Arrow Minimal side effects
Sparta Arrow The sparing of healthy tissue
Sparta Arrow Radiation beam that matches the tumor¹s shape
Sparta Arrow Tailored treatment plans
Sparta Arrow Improved chances for long-term survival

       Upper Delaware Cancer Center TOMO
The TomoTherapy HI×ART System® is a first of its kind, providing 3-D imaging of a tumor immediately prior to treatment and delivering radiation from 360 degrees. This allows more accurate identification and treatment of cancerous tumors, and reduces exposure of healthy tissue to radiation.

Residents of Northeast Pennsylvania can now access the world’s most advanced cancer treatment system in two convenient locations: Northeast Radiation Oncology Center in Dunmore, and Upper Delaware Valley Cancer Center in Milford. Our Milford campus has offered TomoTherapy since July 2006.

TomoTherapy is the most precise radiation cancer treatment for people with the most complex and challenging cases. “This cutting-edge technology allows the delivery of 360 degree precision radiation therapy, and has tremendous positive impact on patients,” states Dr. Christopher Peters, medical director of Northeast Radiation Oncology Center. “It is the first system that provides 3-D imaging immediately prior to each treatment.”

The ability to do 3-D imaging immediately before each treatment to verify the location of a tumor increases precision. Often between treatments a patient’s tumor can move, so by verifying before each treatment, the tumor can be precisely targeted. This reduces exposure of healthy tissue to radiation, and also means it can reduce the side effects for our patients.

“Our goal is to win the war against cancer,” says Dr. Fred Robertson, CEO of Madison, Wisconsin-based TomoTherapy Incorporated, manufacturer of the HI×ART System. “We set out to integrate and simplify the radiation therapy process while improving accuracy.” Traditional radiation therapies often require a patient to transfer between several different stations to receive treatment, which takes time. “Our system enables the clinician to plan, verify and deliver treatment in one system. It can also reduce the chance of errors since all patient information is contained in one unit, and it reduces patient treatment time,” says Robertson.

How The TomoTherapy HI×ART System® Works
1. Before each treatment, the patient, lying on the couch, moves through the HI×ART machine for a 3-D TomoImage™. Images taken verify the shape, size and location of the tumor.
2. Dosage and location of delivery via the radiation beam are determined.
3. The patient then moves through the HI×ART machine again where radiation is delivered in a helical pattern (360 degrees) to the tumor.
4. Each procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.

The concept of helical tomotherapy was first developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Two of these researchers later founded TomoTherapy Incorporated in 1997. The company is privately held and based in Madison, Wisconsin. For information visit www.tomotherapy.com

For more information on TomoTherapy at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center, please call 866-923-TOMO (8666), and at Upper Delaware Valley Cancer Center, please call 866-549-TOMO (8666).
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