What Is TrueBeam?

Your Local Palmer Cancer Clinic’s Radiotherapy Treatment

Our radiation oncology team of doctors with over 60 years of combined experience at the Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center understand that with so many cancer treatments available today, you have to investigate what will work best for your type and stage of cancer with the least disruption to your daily life. Our oncology experts strive to help you understand all of the treatments available to you. One of the newest and most versatile radiation treatment systems available today is the TrueBeamTM system.

Just as the name sounds clean and precise, the procedure is exactly that as well. TrueBeam provides you with a non-invasive, lower-dose cancer treatment alternative to surgery through the latest and most advanced low or high-dose radiation treatment options. It is fast, precise, and comfortable for our patients. Your Palmer cancer clinic is excited to offer more hope to cancer patients with accurate and precise image-guided radiation delivery to the cancer. The TrueBeam combines imaging, beam delivery, and motion management systems to accurately track and destroy tumors throughout your body, including those in the brain, lung, breast, colon, pancreas, liver, and other areas. Using all of these systems together allows your local Palmer oncologists to deliver cancer treatments quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion.

Precise, Fast Delivery Is Key

TrueBeam uses beams of high-dose radiation positioned in the exact size and shape of the tumor to stunt or kill the growth of cancerous cells while minimizing potential harmful effects to surrounding tissue. Additionally, it does it at up to four times faster than traditional external radiation therapies. That benefits our patients in several ways, including:

  • Radiation that pinpoints only the cancerous cells keeps healthy tissue and important surrounding structures unaffected.
  • Because of the reduced number of treatment steps in imaging, positioning, and treating patients, treatments that used to take 30 or 40 minutes are completed in just a few minutes.
  • When treatments are fast, there is less chance that you (and your tumor) will move much, making it easier to track radiation to the exact spot.
  • More patients are able to be treated in the same amount of time, speeding up appointment availability options.
  • The speed of the machine’s 3D image creator is 60% faster than before and uses 25% less X-ray dose, reducing radiation exposure.

Versatile Palmer Radiation Therapy Use

The TrueBeam system is so versatile for radiation oncologists that it can be used for many forms of advanced cancer treatments. This allows our specialists the ability to individualize your treatment plan based on your needs. All of these radiation therapy options are able to be delivered with speed and precision to give you better results, improved comfort, and a better quality of life. TrueBeam can be used for:

  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • 3D conformal radiation therapy (CRT)
  • Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

TrueBeam Tracks Your Tumors

One of the best benefits of the TrueBeam system is its advanced instant 3D and 4D imaging capabilities that allows our radiation oncologists to actually see the tumor and follow any minor movement. It provides higher precision in treatment delivery even from the normal movement of your chest when you breathe. The system performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. TrueBeam imaging technology can produce the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in 60% less time than previous Varian imaging technology.

Patient Comfort With TrueBeam

The mobility and tracking features of the TrueBeam System and its precise high-doses of radiation lead to a more comfortable cancer treatment experience for you. But the speed and efficiency of the TrueBeam are just part of what enhances your comfort. It operates quietly and provides built-in music capabilities so you can listen to music during your treatment. You are under constant visual monitoring and two-way communication with the therapist who operates the system using three closed-circuit television systems and a two-way audio system.

Find Out If TrueBeam Is Right For You

Find out if TrueBeam radiotherapy is the right cancer treatment you. Contact us to ask any questions and to set up your first appointment with one of our experienced oncologists. Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive