Revolutionary TomoTherapy Cancer Treatment Now Available in Orange County
Cancer survivors, physicians, elected officials and other community members gathered October 1 to celebrate the opening of Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services (CROS), which, for the first time, brings advanced TomoTherapy cancer treatment technology to Orange County. The new radiation oncology center is located in the new, $23 million Littman Cancer Center on the Cornwall campus of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. CROS is a partnership between SLCH and Cornwall Advanced Services, LLC. Michael Wesson, MD, a prominent radiation oncologist, is clinical advisor for the venture; mpowermed, inc. – a project development firm specializing in radiation oncology – confirmed the need for these services in our community and helped guide the initiative.
“We’re bringing the best of the best in cancer treatment close to home,” said SLCH President and CEO Allan E. Atzrott in welcoming guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The opening of this extraordinary radiation oncology center marks the completion of the first phase of our commitment to bring cutting-edge cancer care to our community. We’re treating mind, body and spirit to ease the journey for cancer patients and their families.”
TomoTherapy, which has been called a “quantum leap” in radiation treatment, integrates advanced CT imaging and 360-degree delivery for greater accuracy and precision. It targets radiation treatment to the patient’s tumor, while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Unlike traditional radiation therapy equipment, the system uses an on-board CT scanner that allows true CT images of a patient’s anatomy to be created with the same equipment used to treat the patient, thereby bringing clinicians unprecedented confidence that tumors will receive their intended dosage from one day to the next. Cancer patients typically receive daily, 15- to30-minute doses of radiation for a period of weeks or months. Treatments are painless.
The exterior of the Littman Cancer Center, which was designed to complement the architecture of the Cornwall campus of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
TomoTherapy has been called a “quantum leap” in radiation treatment. It delivers precise, targeted radiation to shrink tumors, minimizing damage to healthy tissue.
(Left to right): James Letterio (Chair, SLC Health System Foundation), Bonnie Littman Finkelstein, Kay Han, MD (Medical Director, Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services), Kevin Quigley (Supervisor, Town of Cornwall), Eugene Littman, Michael Wesson, MD (Clinical Advisor, Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services), Allan E. Atzrott (St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital President & CEO), Connie Littman, David Littman, Sandra Littman Finkelstein, Wilbur Higgins (Chair, SLCH Board of Trustees), Donna Neil (President, mpowermed) and Sen. Bill Larkin.
In addition to the CT image that can be taken for every patient, every day,
another major difference is the way that radiation hits the treatment area.
A single beam of radiation is modulated into smaller “beamlets,” which are
delivered in a helical pattern in a 360° radius around the patient. Typically, tens of thousands of beamlets are included in this unique delivery pattern. With that many beamlets, delivered from all angles around the patient, the dose conforms to the tumor and avoids critical organs like never
before — which can mean improved outcomes and fewer side effects.
“We’re proud to partner with St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in enhancing cancer care in Orange County,” said Dr. Wesson. “This unique
Image-Guided and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IGRT/IMRT) provides unparalleled accuracy in delivering radiation to shrink cancerous tumors. Patients benefit tremendously from accelerated tumor shrinkage, as well as minimized damage to healthy tissue. It’s all about quality of life.”
“It’s important to have the best technology – but it’s the people providing the care that make all the difference,” said Atzrott. The SLCH President introduced the Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services team, as well as several physicians providing cancer care in our community. Atzrott also welcomed representatives from SLCH’s clinical affiliate, The Mount Sinai Hospital, through which cancer patients will have access to expanded services and clinical trials.
With the first phase of the Littman Cancer Center – Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services – completed, evolution of the remaining facilities and services continues. The Center will include an expanded infusion/chemotherapy suite, physicians’ offices and a patient and family education, support and meeting space called The Gathering Place. Advocates known as patient navigators will help coordinate care and services for cancer patients and their families. For more information, call (845) 458-9000.