Santa Fe New Mexican, Cancer Guide, October 2012


In October, the Santa Fe New Mexican ran a special guide on cancer services. The LMC Cancer Center was included. Click here to view the original article.

Albuquerque-based Lovelace Medical Center announced that it spent $11 million in 2011 on state-of-the-art equipment to make treatment more efficient and, in some cases, faster for patients. According to Lovelace, the new equipment represents the most advanced radiation oncology technology for its patients. The purchases include two linear accelerators and four-dimensional computed tomography (4-D CT).

Clinicians use 4-D CT to take images that capture the location of a patient’s tumor, including its movement. The machine creates a virtual image that corresponds to where the tumor is located in the body at any time so it gives radiation oncologists a way to plan treatment as precisely as possible.

According to Lovelace, its TomoHD system can produce an image and treat common and complex tumors. The cancer center uses it to treat breast, prostate, lung and head and neck cancers. The system allows the radiation oncologist to deliver higher doses with less damage to surrounding tissue. Linear accelerators can also treat tumors with the great precision and are ideal for surface tumors, such as breast and skin cancers.

For brain tumors, the Center’s Gamma Knife Perfexion machine can treat multiple tumors in one two-hour treatment. This means patients can avoid receiving radiation to the entire brain, which can sometimes result in a loss of brain function. Lovelace has offered gamma knife treatments since 2003 and upgraded to the Gamma Knife Perfexion in August 2011.

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