Open House at Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center introduces Elekta Infinity™ to community

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The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center will open its doors to the community to showcase its newly remodeled and updated facility during an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Friday, May 11 from 5-7 pm at 211 Medical Drive in Natchitoches. Activities include a live performance by Southern Roots, play areas for the kids, lots of food and fun!

The Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology will introduce its newly acquired Elekta Infinity, a highly sophisticated radiation treatment system for cancer that substantially reduces the time required for radiotherapy. This system gives clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively than ever before. Elekta Infinity is an advanced digital linear accelerator that incorporates Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), an innovative way to deliver radiation treatments that is a significant improvement to existing radiation therapy techniques. Elekta’s VMAT reduces the time required for radiotherapy sessions to five minutes or less, while giving clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively than ever before.

When disease such as cancer threatens you or your loved ones, find comfort in knowing travel is no longer a part of your treatment and recovery process. Receive the highest quality care and advanced cancer treatments and technology right in your hometown. Cancer patients in the Northwest Region of Louisiana can now receive their treatment much closer to home at the Northwestern Cancer Center, established in 2008. The facility is available for comprehensive and up-to-date, highest standard radiation treatments customized to each and every patient. Its experienced and courteous staff are available to help with co-pays/coinsurance assistance, support groups, and transportation assistance just to list a few. The 10,000 square foot facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art radiation therapy treatment machine. Also located within Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center is Highland Clinic Oncology, your local Medical Oncology provider.

The Center has state-of-the-art offices with highly trained and motivated nurses and medical staff. It provides on-site chemotherapy and other non-chemo drug infusions. Its providers work very closely with other community physicians to provide consultative services at the local hospital. Its patients receive comprehensive and compassionate care that is second to none.

With an overall goal of improving their patient’s quality of life and chance of long-term survival, Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center invested in Elekta Infinity to support an experienced team of oncologists, as well as highly trained staff to set the Center apart as a World Class Cancer Treatment Center.

Clinicians using Elekta Infinity can create a dose that conforms very tightly to the target area in significantly less time than with current techniques. Elekta VMAT achieves this with sophisticated computer programming that simultaneously controls five different system components (gantry position, gantry speed, leaves of the multi-leaf collimator, collimator angle and dose rate).

Integrated Imaging

Elekta Infinity integrates a suite of imaging tools to enable high quality, 3D imaging at the time of treatment. This capability provides clinicians with a solution to two of the most persistent and significant problems in radiation therapy: internal organ motion and errors in patient set-up. In addition to improving accuracy, Elekta Infinity allows clinicians to visualize soft tissue detail.

To determine the precise location of tumors and normal surrounding tissues, traditional radiotherapy calls for imaging studies to be done several days before treatment. During the time between imaging and treatment, the tumor may change size or shift position.

Elekta Infinity enables Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center radiation oncologists to obtain images just before treatment with the patient in the exact position he or she will be treated in. This not only means less chance for errors in tumor targeting and patient positioning, but also the ability to increase the dose to the tumor by virtue of more certainty in the tumor’s location. The goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life and the chances for long-term survival.

Safer Treatments

To minimize unnecessary exposure to radiation, Elekta Infinity incorporates ultra-low dose capabilities through active leakage reduction to ensure minimal dose to critical structures, and incorporates real-time assurance that the intended dose is delivered as precisely as planned.

Additionally, the low-dose imaging capability helps minimize the side effects of radiation therapy by reducing the margins previously set, to account for uncertainties of target dimensions, location and movement. Clinicians can be confident that a 3D plan will be delivered as an accurately targeted 3D treatment.

About Elekta

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated state of the art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.For more information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.com.

For more information contact:
Sarah Stewart, Administrator, Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center
Tel: (318) 238-3322 Option 1 Email: sstewart@nlcc.live