Lafayette General Announces First Cancer Treatments in Louisiana with TrueBeam


TrueBeamLafayette General Medical Center will be the first healthcare provider in Louisiana to begin treating cancer patients with the TrueBeam™ Radiation Therapy System, the newest and most advanced system to offer all forms of radiotherapy including image-guided radiation therapy and radiosurgery (IGRT/IGRS), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and RapidArc® radiotherapy. 


Radiation oncologist, Brent Mahoney, expressed his excitement about the new technology and the numerous benefits it brings to patients in Acadiana and throughout the State.


"The ultimate goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a curative dose of radiation to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue.  Fortunately for patients, the technology to achieve this goal continues to advance, and the TrueBeam Radiation Therapy System is the ultimate halo technology for delivering the highest quality radiation therapy available anywhere to date.  It is able to treat cancer with unprecedented accuracy, precision . . . and speed."


"For patients undergoing radiation treatment for several weeks, their treatment time for each treatment will be much less – from 20 minutes per treatment to less than 5 minutes– so patients will be more comfortable, will maintain their position and will get the correct therapeutic dose of radiation exactly where it is needed. Ultimately this will result in lower side effects and fewer treatment breaks from radiation therapy and their other ongoing treatments such as chemotherapy."


The TrueBeam is the newest model of linear accelerator, creating highly targeted photons or x-rays.  An important part of the new machine’s radiation delivery precision is its built-in imaging capabilities, which capture CT scans and fluoroscopy images to help physicians ensure that the patient’s tumor and normal organs are positioned with submillimeter accuracy.  It also has an intrafraction motion management system, including respiratory gating which utilizes an integrated stereoscopic camera system so that it can verify tumor position. Because of its speed and ability, it will replace two radiotherapy devices currently located in LGMC’s radiation oncology department.


"TrueBeam allows us, as physicians involved with the Cancer Center of Acadiana, to stand equal to the world’s leading cancer centers, so patients do not have to travel four or more hours to get the most advanced cancer treatment. It is now available here at home, allowing the patients to be surrounded by their families, friends and other local support systems,” said Mahoney.


"The addition of TrueBeam continues Lafayette General’s commitment to bringing the highest quality technology in cancer care to the people of Acadiana, with TrueBeam being the most recent treatment option in our arsenal, which includes CyberKnife and the daVinci surgical robot,” stated David L. Callecod, President and CEO of Lafayette General Medical Center.


"With TrueBeam, we can deliver the optimal treatment for every patient,” said Dr. Mahoney.  "This is a breakthrough that lets us bring the full spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options to cancer patients residing in Acadiana.  In 2007, we became the first hospital in Acadiana to install the CyberKnife radiosurgery system.  And now with the addition of the TrueBeam radiation therapy system, the option to treat on either device represents a quantum leap in our ability to help people fight cancer.”


For more information on TrueBeam and any other cancer-related technologies at Lafayette General Medical Center, visit or call 337-289-8067.


About Lafayette General Medical Center

As the largest, full-service, acute-care medical center in the nine parishes of Acadiana, Lafayette General Medical Center takes to heart its mission of improving, maintaining and restoring the health of people in the communities we serve.  LGMC is a community-owned hospital, so as such all profits are reinvested in the hospital for purchasing unsurpassed technology, maintaining a highly trained staff and adding new and improved services.

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,300 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit

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