Leading Cancer Center Technology
Innovative, Advanced Treatment from the Cancer Center of Thibodaux Regional
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center invests in the latest technologies to
help diagnose and treat our patients—including those receiving care
in our cancer center. Below are just some of the examples of the technology
we regularly use to ensure our patients receive incisive, cutting-edge
therapies when they need them.
TrueBeam Linear Accelerator
The TrueBeam® system is a fully-integrated system for image-guided
radiotherapy and radiosurgery, and is designed to treat moving targets
with advanced speed and accuracy. The TrueBeam system treats cancer anywhere
in the body where radiation treatment is indicated, including lung, breast,
prostate and head and neck. The PerfectPitch 6 degrees of freedom table
provides advanced robotics for accurate patient setup which improves target
positioning during radiation treatments.
TrueBeam ExacTrac Image Guided Radiotherapy
Brainlab’s ExacTrac provides an integrated work flow with Varian’s
TrueBeam. ExacTrac Image Guided Radiotherapy ensures sub-millimetric precision
during radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments. This in-room X-Ray based
monitoring system has the ability to detect intra-fractional tumor motion
during treatment delivery. Instantaneous X-Ray images provide clinicians
with precise image fusion based on internal anatomy. A game-changing leap
in innovation, the True Beam with ExacTrac performs many different treatment
techniques such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and stereotactic
radiosurgery (SRS). With its power and flexibility, clinicians can develop
treatments that are best suited for patients’ individual circumstances.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy treats cancer from the inside by using a radioactive
source contained within an after-loader device. The after-loader delivers
the source of radiation for a brief period of time placed at the tumor
site. The goal is to conform the radiation to the size and shape of the
target while limiting side effects by sparing the surrounding healthy anatomy.
RapidArc Radiation Therapy Treatment
Faster, more precise cancer treatment technology, RapidArc delivers a
tightly-focused beam of radiation directly to the tumor in less than two
minutes. Treatment can be delivered from nearly any angle. This results
in better tumor targeting and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
It also reduces the amount of time a patient spends in radiation treatment.
Thibodaux Regional's state-of-the-art Positron Emission Tomography/
Computed Tomography (PET/CT) Scanner more accurately detects cancer and
pinpoint its exact location. Our new PET/CT allows us to detect tumors
as small as 2mm. Not only does this technology provide a higher quality
image, and earlier, more precise detection, but patients receive up to
40% less radiation exposure.
Our Cancer Center employs oncology and chemotherapy certified nurses who
provide the latest in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and/or targeted therapy
in a comfortable, soothing environment. Patients are encouraged to have
family or friends visit during treatment.
We provide our patients with access to the latest experimental cancer
treatments through investigational clinical trials. The cancer doctors
are always evolving and adapting the latest treatments to provide the
best care possible.
Expert Breast Cancer Care
Skilled physicians, surgeons, and oncologists work together at the Thibodaux
Regional Cancer Center to provide breast conserving therapies offering
an optimal chance for cure. The caring team of specialists and state of
the art technology deliver the results—a breast cancer survival
rate significantly higher than the national average.
Our Advanced Digital Mammography with computer-aided detection technology
helps physicians detect breast lesions more effectively than ever before.
As we continue our commitment to improving breast health, Thibodaux Regional
offers a Breast Health Navigation Program that assists patients in receiving
faster diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. We treat 5x more breast
cancer patients than any other hospital in the region.
Our state-of-the-art MRI can detect breast lesions that were previously
undetectable. The advanced capabilities mean faster, more accurate diagnosis
Consider the following breast cancer facts:
- The average breast lump discovered by occasional self-examination is .984
inches in diameter.
- The average breast lump discovered by traditional mammograms is .787 inches
- The average breast lump discovered by digital mammograms is .236 inches
Better technology means earlier detection, more effective treatments, and
higher survival rates. For more information on our Thibodaux Regional
Cancer Center services or technology, call our facility today.