Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton Breaks Ground on New Facility

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Broad Street location will offer the most innovative radiation therapy available in the area, as well as expand services to patients with more complex cancer cases.

The Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton today announced it has broken ground on a new facility, where it will relocate this summer.

The 5,000-square-foot cancer center at 1701 E. Broad St. will feature upgraded technology and innovative radiation therapy services, such as:

INTENSITY MODULATED RADIATION THERAPY (IMRT)
An advanced treatment that enables radiation to be delivered in a customized shape and intensity to more specifically address a tumor's size and thickness, helping to minimize radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

The cancer center delivers IMRT via its Varian 21 EX Linear Accelerator with 120-leaf Millenium Multileaf Collimator, which protects the healthy area around a tumor from radiation exposure.

IMAGE GUIDED RADIATION THERAPY (IGRT)
A brand-new service that has the advantage of tracking tumor movement during treatment, adjusting accordingly to provide more precise radiation delivery.

IGRT is used in conjunction with IMRT and employs the new BrainLab ExacTrac® system. This sophisticated system uses high-resolution x-ray imaging to target tumors with sub-millimeter precision, correct patient setup, and track patient movement throughout treatment -- allowing for the most accurate treatment delivery possible.

In addition to leading-edge technology, the new cancer center in Hazleton will offer a high level of personalized care in a warm, comfortable setting for patients and their families.

ABOUT THE CANCER TREATMENT CENTER AT HAZLETON
Since 1986, the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton has helped cancer patients throughout Luzerne County through its high-quality, compassionate approach to radiation therapy.

The center's board-certified radiation oncologist, along with experienced and dedicated staff, offer patients the latest in radiation therapy technology. Services include external beam therapy, 3D conformal treatment planning, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy (coming in Summer 2012), and prostate brachytherapy.

The Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton is accredited in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). The center is operated by Alliance Oncology (http://www.AllianceOncology.com), a division of Alliance HealthCare Services. For more information, visit http://www.CancerTreatmentCenterHazleton.com or call (570) 459-3460.

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