Bassett Cancer Institute and A.O. Fox Hospital will unveil their newest cancer-fighting tool Thursday at FoxCare Center in the town of Oneonta.
The linear accelerator will allow radiation oncologists to bombard tumors in three dimensions, matching the shape of the tumors, a media release said. It also allows doctors to vary the intensity of the beam of electrons or photons.
“The new LINAC allows us to design treatments in such a way that they destroy the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue,” said Dr. Timothy Campbell, Bassett Cancer Institute’s chief of radiation oncology. “We are now able to precisely target tumors deep within the body for better cancer control with fewer side effects for many patients.”
The LINAC is also equipped with on-board imaging used for guidance in precisely targeting the tumor, the release said.
The unveiling with be held in conjunction with the Otsego County Chamber as part of its Business after Hours series. It will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at FoxCare.
Participants will be able to talk to oncology providers and tour the radiation oncology and medical oncology suites.
Acquisition of the linear accelerator was made possible, in part, through the support of the Dewar Foundation, Community Bank and the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation, the release said.
Before its installation, the newest technology featuring image guided radiotherapy had been available only at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. The LINAC installed at FoxCare brings the technology to Oneonta, providing another option for patients who have difficulty traveling to Cooperstown.
The Bassett-Fox Radiation Oncology Program provides radiation therapy at FoxCare under the direction of Dr. Naoyuki Saito and Campbell. In addition to radiation oncology, medical oncology services are also available.