News | January 16, 2015

Medical University of South Carolina Cancer Center Adds TrueBeam Radiation Therapy

Installation at Mount Pleasant location latest in series of technology upgrades

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January 16, 2015 — New technology installed at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center’s Mount Pleasant location now offers improved imaging capabilities for patients, as well as several types of external beam radiation therapy. TrueBeam is an advanced cancer treatment system offering the latest radiation therapy techniques, including new imaging features that increase precision and accuracy of radiation delivery.

The addition of TrueBeam technology at Hollings Cancer Center/Mt. Pleasant is the latest in a series of technology upgrades made across MUSC Health’s radiation oncology program over the past few months. A similar TrueBeam system was installed at the main location in downtown Charleston in August 2014, while a major upgrade of the Gamma Knife Center’s stereotactic radiosurgery technology was completed in September 2014. The new Gamma Knife system provides a nonsurgical method of treating tumors and abnormalities in the head and neck in a one-time, single day treatment.

“As a leading cancer treatment provider and research institution in the region, our goal is to stay at the forefront of cancer care,” said Jennifer Harper, M.D., MUSC associate professor and radiation oncologist. “The new TrueBeam system in Mt. Pleasant reflects our commitment to ensure patients are treated with the most advanced technology supported by clinical research and provides another access point for patients and their families to get expertise from MUSC physicians in a community location.”

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