TrueBeam Machine: A Game-Changer in Radiation Therapy

At Alliance Cancer Care, where we are committed to providing cutting-edge cancer treatment options to our patients. We’re excited to introduce you to one of the latest advancements in radiation oncology: the TrueBeam machine by Varian.

TrueBeam Machine: A Game-Changer in Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam machine represents the pinnacle of modern innovation in radiation therapy, offering unparalleled precision, speed, and versatility in the delivery of radiation treatments. Equipped with advanced imaging and targeting capabilities, this revolutionary technology enables our team of radiation oncologists at Alliance Cancer Care to precisely target cancerous cells while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues.

Advantages of TrueBeam Treatment

There is no incision or surgery with TrueBeam radiation and no post-surgery recovery period.

The ability to deliver higher doses of radiation at great speed allows most treatments to be given in just minutes a day.

TrueBeam uses a highly sophisticated imaging system that allows doctors to “see” the tumor they’re treating in real time and target it with pinpoint precision. Even tumors that move when you breathe — in the lungs, for example — can be precisely targeted thanks to special tools that compensate for motion during a treatment.

TrueBeam can be used to deliver advanced radiotherapy or radiosurgery, giving doctors the flexibility to use whatever protocol is appropriate for your particular cancer. 
Because of its versatility, TrueBeam gives us options to treat cancers in even challenging places like the head and neck, lungs, breast, abdomen and liver.

Every tumor is different, and TrueBeam can shape the radiation beam to accurately match the size and form of most tumors regardless of their shape. It uses a device called a multileaf collimator that shapes the treatment beam precisely to match the shape of the tumor from any given treatment angle, minimizing exposure of the surrounding healthy tissue.

A closed-circuit television system enables your radiation therapist to watch you during treatment, and two-way audio lets you talk with the therapist. TrueBeam runs so quietly, you can even listen to music during treatment to help you relax.

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Truebeam Can Deliver Many Advanced Types of Radiotherapy

Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
A technique in which doctors vary (or modulate) the amount of radiation that is sent to different parts of your tumor while shaping the beam to match the shape, size, and position of the targeted tumor.

Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
Uses advanced imaging that allows the clinical team to visualize and verify the exact position of your tumor both prior to and during your treatment.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
A fast treatment protocol that emits more powerful beams to treat tumors in the brain over only 1-5 sessions.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
A technique that’s similar to SRS, used to treat tumors outside the brain.

Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) i.e., RapidArc® radiotherapy
Enables treatments that once took 10-30 minutes to be delivered in less than two minutes.

Gated treatment, including Gated RapidArc
Monitors your breathing and turns the beam on only when your tumor is in the optimal position for treatment.

What Happens During TrueBean Treatment, Step By Step

Tumor Visualization, or “Simulation”
During this process, 3-D images are generated of your tumor, which enables your doctor to know its size and shape. With this information, your doctor can best determine the dose of radiation you’ll need and how to deliver it most effectively.

Treatment Planning
After the size, shape and volume of the tumor are determined, your treatment team uses sophisticated software to create a three-dimensional outline of the area of your tumor. They will then develop a detailed treatment plan that specifies the amount of radiation the tumor should receive, from what angles, and a schedule for treatment.

Treatment Delivery
A radiation therapist will guide you into the treatment room and help position you on the treatment table of the TrueBeam machine. Just prior to treatment, images will be taken so that the therapist can verify the tumor’s exact location. The therapist then leaves the room, and your treatment begins. The TrueBeam will create a radiation beam that will rotate around you. Closed-circuit television and two-way audio enable the therapist to stay in constant contact with you during treatments. The process will most likely take only a few minutes, but sometimes the first treatment takes a little longer because some additional verification for setup is required.

Follow-up Care
Once weekly after your treatment, you’ll see your doctor for a check-in. During this time, he or she will monitor your progress with treatment. This is an opportunity to ask your doctor any questions, raise concerns about any side effects or inquire about your treatments and the status of your health.

Transforming Cancer Treatment

At Alliance Cancer Care, we are thrilled to offer the TrueBeam machine as part of our comprehensive suite of cancer treatment technologies. With its unmatched precision, speed, and versatility, the TrueBeam machine is revolutionizing the way we deliver radiation therapy, enabling us to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. We are excited to have this cutting-edge technology in our facilities, empowering our team to deliver innovative treatments with confidence and precision.

Empowering Patients with Cutting-Edge Technology

As we continue to advance the field of radiation oncology, our commitment to innovation remains unwavering. With the TrueBeam machine, we are proud to empower our patients with state-of-the-art technology that offers new hope and possibilities in the fight against cancer. At Alliance Cancer Care, we’re not just treating cancer—we’re revolutionizing cancer care, one patient at a time.

Experience the difference of TrueBeam technology at Alliance Cancer Care. Contact us today to learn more about our radiation oncology services and schedule a consultation with our experienced team. Together, we can conquer cancer with compassion, precision, and hope.