MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has taken the lead in bringing next-generation radiation treatment technology to the fight against cancer for our patients, announced Generosa Grana, MD, director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper recently received delivery of the key components of its new MR Linac – and will begin treating patients with this advanced technology in fall 2020 at its location in Mount Laurel.
The MR Linac is an MR image guided radiation treatment delivery system. This new technology merges a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine with a linear accelerator (a tool used to deliver radiation treatment) into one device. The MR Linac gives our radiation oncology the MD Anderson at Cooper team the ability to see a tumor, track its movement, and deliver radiation therapy more precisely than ever before.
“Half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment,” said Anthony Dragun, MD, Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson at Cooper. “The goal is to deliver the proper dosage of radiation needed to destroy the tumor, without harming surrounding, healthy tissue.”
“Tumors can shift as patients inhale and exhale during radiation treatment. But MR-guided radiation treatment allows our team to use real-time images to keep the radiation beam precisely locked on the tumor, even as it moves, making radiation treatment safer and more precise and effective for our patients than ever before” he explained.
“Our partner, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston was one of the original seven institutions that made up the consortium that helped lead the way in developing this innovative technology,” said Dr. Grana. “MD Anderson was also the first clinical site in the world to install the MR Linac, other than the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where it was designed.”
ABOUT MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER AT COOPER
In October 2013, Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. MD Anderson is one of the nation’s leading cancer hospitals. This partnership is a full clinical integration between our two programs. MD Anderson at Cooper physicians adhere to the same philosophy, processes and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, and patients receive the same proven practice standards and treatment plans provided at MD Anderson. Today at MD Anderson at Cooper, patients have access to a full range of cancer prevention, detection, and treatment services, as well as supportive care services and select clinical trials.
Wendy A. Marano
Cooper University Health Care