In FY10, Bay Pines sent over 400 patients out into the community for Radiation Oncology services. Therefore, the demand for services at the new clinics is expected to be significant. On average, sending a patient out into the community for radiation oncology services costs the VA approximately $11,764 per patient per radiation treatment course. By providing Radiation Oncology services here at Bay Pines, the VA expects significant cost savings. Additionally, Radiation Oncology service will work closely with other services to provide comprehensive cancer treatment. The types of cancers and tumors that will be treated include prostate, breast, head/neck, and lung. This should result in improved patient care and greater patient satisfaction.
Some of the technology that will be used in the center includes Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which is a high-precision radiotherapy that delivers precise radiation doses to specific areas within a tumor. The radiation dose is designed to conform to the shape of the tumor by focusing a higher radiation dose to the tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding tissues. RapidArc radiotherapy delivers treatments two to eight times faster than other treatments with increased precision. RapidArc delivers a precise dose that enables physicians to improve the standard of care and treat more patients.
Some of the cutting edge equipment that will be used in the center includes a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator, which is a radiation treatment machine and a Phillips large-bore CT-scanner, which is an imaging machine that is used to identify the tumor size and location in the body.
Bay Pines is pleased to announce that the new Radiation and Oncology Center will begin seeing patients for consults in early April 2011 and will begin treating these patients by mid April 2011. A ribbon cutting ceremony for invited guests is scheduled for March 21, 2011.
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