New Cancer Fighting Technology Available in Halifax County

Roanoke Valley Cancer Center to offer treatment with greater accuracy, comfort and safety for cancer patients
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. - May 30, 2014 - PRLog -- Roanoke Valley Cancer Center, a division of Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina, P.A., is debuting its newest weapon in the fight against cancer, the Varian® Medical Systems Clinac® Linear Accelerator 21iX, featuring the latest radiation therapy technology. The cancer center is opening its doors to preview the technology at an open house event on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. at 212 Smith Church Road Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

With this new technology, the clinic now offers an advanced radiation therapy called Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) to treat a variety of cancers with improved accuracy, comfort and safety.

“Cancer tumors can move, because of breathing and other movement in the body,” says Chanchamma A. Thannikkary, MD, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist with Roanoke Valley Cancer Center. “IGRT allows us to track the location of the tumor at the time of treatment and deliver precise doses of radiation therapy to the tumor, sparing the surrounding normal tissue.”

The new linear accelerator uses image guidance software to track and continually adjust the external radiation therapy dose using Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). IMRT uses thousands of radiation “beamlets” from many different angles to deliver radiation directly to the cancer, not to healthy areas.

We also go an extra step to ensure that patients receive the exact amount of radiation therapy prescribed with our proprietary dosage assurance software, the SureBeam Guardian Protection SystemTM. This system records the amount of radiation a patient receives and automatically alerts the radiation therapist if it is less or more than the prescribed dose. In fact, it is so sensitive that it can tell if there is a change in a patient’s tumor or anatomy, which may require a modification to their treatment plan.

“With these new technologies, patients will be able to receive high quality radiation therapy in an outpatient setting, close to home,” says Dr. Thannikkary. “Through the addition of this system to our arsenal of tools, we can select the best treatment for each individual type of cancer and bring a wider selection of cancer treatment options to Halifax County.”

Roanoke Valley Cancer Center is conveniently located near Halifax Regional Medical Center at 212 Smith Church Road Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina, P.A. is a 21st Century Oncology affiliate.

For more information about our services, visit or call (252) 537-1717.

About 21st Century Oncology:

21st Century Oncology is the largest global, physician led provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. The company offers a comprehensive range of cancer treatment services, focused on delivering academic quality, cost-effective patient care in personal and convenient settings. The company operates 185 treatment centers, including 150 centers located in 16 states. The company also operates 35 centers located in six countries in Latin America. The company holds market-leading positions in most of its domestic local markets and abroad.

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