New radiotherapy TAC: Another ally in the fight against cancer

Cremona – Radiotherapy is an indispensable tool for oncology, and is administered in an interdisciplinary context. every year, Department of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine From Cremona ASST takes care of about a thousand people, for a total of 60-70 daily service.

“These are cancer patients – he explains Chief Physician Sandro Tonoli – which contain different types of tumors, located in almost all areas of the body. Breast cancer is among the most related, followed by cancer of the urinary tract and lung, head and neck cancer, gastrointestinal, gastrointestinal and gynecological, central nervous system, and lymphoma.”

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Over the past few years, the department has been equipped with new equipment, with a total investment of 6 million euros. These include a linear accelerator, new computational systems for radiotherapy algorithms, and a 4D multilayer CT simulator. The latter was acquired last year and came into effect in October 2021: “Specifically – Tonoli continues – The CT scan made a quantum leap with the introduction of stabilization systemsThis allows us to increase the degree of accuracy with which we promise patients undergoing radiotherapy.”

Targeted interventions with TAC

As the chief medical officer notes, “The new computed tomography for radiotherapy was created: It has a centering system with a mobile laser that allows for the correct positioning of the patient and the use of stabilization systems, thanks to the indexed table and the greater width of the bridge, that is, the opening in the center of the CT. It is integrated with a four-dimensional system that allows the analysis of the movement of the target, especially if it is subjected to physiological movements, such as the lungs or abdominal organs. This allows accurate estimation of the movements of the target tumor over time, and thus to operate safely and accurately.”

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Chief Physician Sandro Tonoli

multidisciplinary approach

As is known, the treatment of oncology requires a multidisciplinary approach, which can combine surgery and radiotherapy in both the preoperative and postoperative stages. “The demand for radiotherapy interventions is very wide – Tonoli concludes that – however, there is an impression that part of the population is not getting services because they are not aware of this type of treatment and the results it can achieve.

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