Written by on 7/25/2014 6:00:00 AM
Since the opening of Community Cancer Center South in April, the radiation oncology staff has been providing treatment to patients using state-of-the-art equipment.
The TrueBeam™, a radiation therapy machine, brings something different to cancer treatment plans for Community cancer patients. Using TrueBeam's advanced imaging features, doctors can "see" the tumor and personalize treatments to a particular cancer - and treatments take minutes, not hours.
"The TrueBeam delivers an advanced form of radiation with pin point accuracy to a patient's tumor either in or on the surface of their body," explained Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist at Community Physician Network.
Not to mention, the machine itself makes treatment more comfortable for patients of all sizes and cancer types. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/4/2014 6:00:00 AM
"We want to impart an attitude of happiness and joy here," says Donna Raker, oncology nurse, about Community Cancer Center South. "Cancer gives the impression of gloom and doom, but we find that our patients want to celebrate life every day."
Celebrate they do. The patients and staff in the radiation oncology department at Community Cancer Center South are notorious for hosting parties and themed events to make cancer treatment fun.
July 2, 2014 was no different. Red, white & blue bunting, balloons and the smell of barbecue filled the radiation oncology department.
"This patriotic party is our way of kicking off the Fourth of July holiday," said Raker. "It's the biggest one we have hosted in the two months that we have been at the new cancer center. We are making it home so why not celebrate with our patients." continue reading ...
Written by on 6/1/2014 6:15:00 AM
Dr. Ross is a radiation oncologist at Community Cancer Center South and an MD Anderson Cancer Network® certified physician.
Today is National Cancer Survivor Day. It’s a day when not only do we honor all those who've won their battle with cancer, but those still fighting. From their first treatment to their last, cancer patients are strong and brave. That’s why all of our patients at Community Health Network are survivors each and every day.
It’s gratifying to be part of the cancer care team at Community Health Network and to see so many examples of how to live life well amidst cancer. As a radiation oncologist I find myself reflecting on many of my patients and recalling both the fear and humor that comes my way every day.
Some patients come to their first radiation therapy appointment believing it’s an open pit of fiery flames. What many do not know is that radiation therapy has drastically changed, and has many safeguards. Today, we are pinpointing the beam of radiation with great precision. Our goal is to avoid damaging healthy tissue while eliminating the cancerous cells. continue reading ...