What are the benefits of TrueBeam in treating cancer?

Dr. Nina F. Johnson, MD
Radiation Oncologist

The benefits of TrueBeam in treating cancer include that it is an advanced technology offering improved treatment that is more precise, more accurate and faster than previous treatment options. TrueBeam is a radiotherapy system that uses noninvasive tumor-destroying radiation to treat cancers throughout the body, including lung, breast, prostate, and head and neck. For doctors, the fully integrated system provides advanced imaging, allowing them to customize treatments specifically to the person and the cancer. It allows doctors to make sure the treatment plan can be replicated during the actual treatment, and takes into account the person's motion, both external and internal. Treatment is also completed in just two to five minutes. A shorter treatment time minimizes a person’s discomfort and movement, and improves accuracy.

The accuracy of TrueBeam allows higher dose delivery rates, which means an increase in chance of eliminating the tumor. TrueBeam also delivers a continuous treatment, rapidly tracking and hitting its target from any angle. If the person happens to shift, treatment automatically ceases until the person is realigned. While treatment occurs, TrueBeam's imaging system also renders real-time visualization for the doctor to monitor. The technology also  uses 25% less x-ray dosage than earlier Varian image-guided technologies. And while TrueBeam improves treatment of difficult tumors, it doesn't sacrifice a person’s comfort.

TrueBeam is a powerful, remarkable step in the progression of cancer treatment. With effective accuracy, it destroys cancerous cells while limiting exposure to a person's healthy tissue translating into improved outcomes with fewer side effects.

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