This ability allows us to safely and effectively treat a greater number of complex cancers,â€ said Alan Lewin, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Baptist. â€œAnd, by incorporating RapidArcÂ® technology, it shortens treatment time from hours to minutes.â€
The new technology maximizes radiation to the tumor and minimizes exposure to healthy, surrounding tissue by precisely sculpting the radiation beam to the tumor. Avoiding radiation to healthy tissue means a higher dose of radiation can be used. â€œThe higher dose, speed and precision of TrueBeam STx give patients an increased chance for cure while also minimizing side effects,â€ said Dr. Lewin.
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Childrenâ€™s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Mariners Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organizationâ€™s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.