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Advanced radiation technology in use at AndersonMercy cancer center

andersonmercyGuests gathered recently to celebrate the opening of AndersonMercy Cancer Care’s Radiation Oncology services, which included a tour of the facility and its new technology, the Elekta Infinity.

The Elekta Infinity is said to be the world’s most advanced radiation treatment system. It incorporates Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, which is designed to reduce the time required for radiation therapy sessions, giving clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Elekta Infinity supports all forms of intensity modulated radiation therapy and image guided radiation therapy.

“There may be better technology, it just hasn’t been invented yet,” said Dr. Jaymeson Stroud to guests gathered for an official ribbon cutting at the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center. “We are the only cancer center in the St. Louis area to offer this level of equipment,” said the radiation oncologist. “This technology rivals what is used at top centers such as MD Anderson or the Mayo Clinic.”

AndersonMercy Cancer Care has established a top-notch team including Dr. Stroud, a Washington University trained radiation oncologist, who is at the helm of the radiation oncology services at the Billhartz Center. Dr. Stroud and his team of professionals can care for patients battling any type of cancer. “While we see many patients who are battling common types of cancer, we are treating those with rare forms of the disease as well.”

AndersonMercy Cancer Care services are offered within the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center on the campus of Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois. For nearly a decade, the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center at Anderson Hospital has been dedicated to the prevention, detection and cutting-edge treatment of a wide range of cancers. Now the center is excited to bring a new level of cancer care to the metro-east community. Anderson Hospital and Mercy St. Louis have partnered to offer a unique model of integrated cancer care that offers:

• A board certified, experienced team of Mercy cancer specialists including medical and radiation oncologists
• Customized cancer treatment plans
• Integrative therapies in a supportive, healing environment
• Clinical trial opportunities

“Anderson Hospital prides itself on keeping health care local. This partnership gives patients the most convenient access to Mercy’s clinical expertise,” says Keith Page, Anderson Hospital president and CEO. “This integrated model simplifies the options for local cancer patients.”

  • From the Illinois Business Journal

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