ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - LewisGale's cancer treatment center just got a $15.5 million upgrade, which includes new technology never seen before in Southwest Virginia.
The cancer center has been renovated and expanded over 11 months, and boasts new radiation-therapy equipment, 3D mammography unit and a high tech robotic surgical system.
The new technology includes a Varian TrueBeam Accelerator which increases the capability and capacity to treat patients in need of radiation therapy. Not only does it reduce patient treatment times, it delivers powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy by integrating new imaging and motion-management technologies.
One of the most fascinating devices is the high tech robotic surgical system called the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Using multiple robotic arms, doctors can now direct all controls of the robotic arms during procedures to perform the most minute incisions.
The system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi
-quadrant surgeries, as often required in cancer patients.
The Genius 3D Mammorgaphy detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40% compared to traditional 2D images. The low-dose technology also eliminates the need for extra digital images and is particularly effective for women with dense breast tissue.
Scott Myers, Director of Outpatient Oncology services at LewisGale says ultimately the technology allows for safer and faster treatment for patients.
"It all comes back to giving the patient more opportunity for treatment," Myers said. "It gives a better chance for cure, and it enables us to give better treatment for cancers we may not have been able to treat in the past."
The newly renovated cancer center is open and treating patients daily.