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The David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment at Sharp Grossmont is proud to be the only designated TomoTherapy Treatment Center in San Diego and one of 10 in California.
On the Leading Edge of Radiation Oncology
Advances in technology help radiation therapists target radiation beams more precisely. One advance in recent years is intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which involves changing the shape, size and intensity of the radiation beam to match the patient’s tumor.
A new device — the TomoTherapy Hi-Art System — combines IMRT with a computerized tomography (CT) scanner so radiation therapists can view the treatment area in three dimensions right before each treatment. By seeing the shape of the tumor in 3-D, the radiation therapist can deliver the radiation beam with extreme precision, reducing the damage to healthy tissue.
Because of these technological advances, the TomoTherapy system is very fast and flexible, and will help radiation therapists treat everything from the smallest tumors to large areas of the body. It can also treat multiple sites simultaneously. Sharp radiation therapists expect to use this machine — which is FDA-approved for stereotactic radiosurgery — on a daily basis, including treatment for cancer of the head and neck, brain, prostate, lung and other challenging sites. It can also be used for retreatment radiation therapy.
How TomoTherapy Works
The procedure takes 15 to 25 minutes.
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For More Information
To learn more about TomoTherapy at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, please call the David and Donna Long Cancer Center at 619-740-4500.
1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
If you have any additional questions,
send us an email using our secure contact form.
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