$5 Million Gift Provides Faster, Safer Radiation Treatment

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

?????????Thanks to a $5 million donation by Better Health East Bay, many of our cancer patients now spend less time receiving state-of-the-art radiation treatment and more time doing what they enjoy.

The investment by Sutter Health’s East Bay philanthropic foundation brings a TrueBeam STx linear accelerator to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The machine delivers radiation to eliminate tumors with improved accuracy and safety.

“The new TrueBeam ma­chine has brought us huge strides forward in offering the very latest and best treat­ments to the patients we serve,” says Ronny Chin, Ph.D., director of medical physics and radiation services for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The up­grade allows us to deliver certain radiation therapies six to eight times faster than our previous machines.”

Such advanced technology expands the field of options for treating patients with certain cancers, including those with multiple brain metastases who previously were referred elsewhere.

“This gift delivers on our goal to give our cancer patients the safest, fastest, least invasive and most effective therapy possible,” says Jim Hickman, Better Health East Bay CEO.

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