Anchorage: (907) 276-2400
Mat-Su Valley: (907) 745-2900
Gamma Knife: (907) 276-5555

AVRTC News & Information

**Ask us about our gentle yoga classes for men and women, held weekly in Anchorage, and our Cancer Bites cooking demos held monthly in Anchorage and the Valley. Additionally we have some exciting new technologies in cancer treatment at our Anchorage & Valley locations.

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  • Now in the Valley (and soon in Anchorage)-  the Elekta Infinity™! What does this mean for our patients? The newest, most advanced, fastest and accurate cancer treatment radiation therapy system in Alaska.

 

  • Coming soon- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. What is it? High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that delivers radiation from implants placed close to, or inside, the tumor(s) in the body. Because cancer often affects organs and other essential structures, it is important for radiation treatment to be tightly focused on tumors to minimize serious side effects. This technique ensures the maximum radiation dose is given to cancerous tissues, while minimizing exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.               
  • With a score of 93.1 out of 100, Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ system earned the top ranking, receiving high marks for uptime, treatment times and planning speeds, according to KLAS research firm’s recently released customer survey, Radiation Therapy 2013: Striving for Accuracy and Upgradeability*. Elekta Infinity™ radiation treatment system received the #2 ranking with a score of 87.8.                                                                                                                                                       http://blog.elekta.com/blog/2013/08/leksell-gamma-knife-perfexion-and-elekta-infinity-place-first-and-second-in-2013-klas-radiation-therapy-report/

  • Available in Anchorage and the Valley- Active Breathing Coordinator®

The aim of radiation therapy treatment is to deliver optimal dose to tumors while minimizing the dose to the surrounding healthy tissue. Challenges arise because tumors and critical structures (heart, lungs, etc) are constantly moving and adapting with normal physiological functions.

 To account for motion within the body Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers utilizes Elekta’s Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) - a non-invasive devise that under your control pauses breathing during radiation treatment to still internal motion – therefore allowing greater conformity of the radiation beam to the tumor.

The Active Breathing Coordinator increases the accuracy of treatment by enabling reproducible tumor position within the body. The tumor is immobilized during the pause, which allows our clinicians to maximize radiation delivery to the tumor, and avoid critical structures and healthy tissue.

Often, only four to six pauses are required for treatment delivery, and the system is designed with patient comfort and confide

 


 

 

                                                                                                          

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Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers

Anchorage:
Phone: 907.276.2400
Toll-Free: 877.276.4655
Fax: 907.276.4888
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am–5:30pm
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Valley:
Phone: 907.745.2900
Toll-Free: 877.276.4655
Fax: 907.745.2999
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am–5:00pm
[Map & Directions]