New Linear Accelerator Featured at Great River Cancer Center Open House June 7

Great River Cancer Center will feature its new linear accelerator at an open house scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7. The address is 1315 W. Agency Road., West Burlington. Refreshments will be provided.

Radiation treats cancer by using high-energy beams created by a linear accelerator to kill tumor cells. The beams are aimed from several angles toward the tumor. They are strongest at the point where they meet. Treatment is so precise the most-intense beams can be delivered in the shape of the tumor within 2 millimeters of its outer edges. This protects the surrounding healthy tissue.

Great River Cancer Center’s new machine delivers radiation faster and with greater intensity.

“Radiation has a cumulative effect,” said Sheila Savage, supervisor, Great River Cancer Center. “Research has proven that 25 low-dose treatments and five high-dose treatments have the same biological effect on cancer.”

Quicker and fewer treatments are beneficial to patients because they reduce the length of time patients are immobilized during treatment and the number of trips to the cancer center.

Great River Cancer Center and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) have the same linear accelerators, and they work together to provide cancer treatment for patients in southeast Iowa. UIHC radiation oncologist William Rockey, M.D., Ph.D., treats patients at Great River Cancer Center.

For more information about radiation therapy at Great River Cancer Center, please call Savage at (319) 768-3907.