Anchorage News

Knock out cancer at the Midnight Sun Golf Classic

During the summer, our passions for getting outdoors and for giving back to our community often collide. This weekend, your Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers' doctors and staff are getting out and getting active to support a great cause at the Midnight Sun Golf Classic, an annual event that will donate this year’s proceeds to Hospice of Anchorage

Hospice of Anchorage works with the patient and family, nurses and physicians to provide assistance through the transition from life to death, and to cope with loss and grief. Hospice gives people the opportunity to live fully regardless of their illness and support can take many different forms including education, consultations and assistance with insurance and legal matters. All services are free of cost and range from a one-time visit to periodic contact lasting weeks or months.

We can’t wait to “swing into solstice” this Saturday and support a really great cause. Think you can ‘Knock Out Cancer?’ We’ll see you there!

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Cancer Bites: June Edition

There’s something about summertime that calls for bright salads and chilled beverages. Luckily, Alaska’s long summer days make for the perfect produce growing season, another reason to get creative with easy, thrown-together dinners chock-full of Alaska Grown nutrients. Our June edition of Cancer Bites features a recipe that could easily become your new go-to this summer, and beyond.

Packed with flavors of feta, tomato and red onion, this Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad also provides a healthy dose of protein, phytonutrients and vitamins. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes, while inulin is found in onions and has been shown to help prevent the development of colon cancer. We hope you try this recipe and we’d love to hear your thoughts on our Facebook page. Enjoy!cb.png

ACR Accreditation

AVRTC has earned its ACR reaccreditation. The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field conduct image quality and procedure evaluations. The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. All findings are reported to the practice via a comprehensive report that includes recommendations for improvement. We received our first accreditation in 2013.

Keeping breast cancer on the run

We’ll be lacing up our running shoes this Saturday for the annual Alaska Run for Women in Anchorage! For the 11th year, Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers are proud to be a Pink Diamond sponsor of the race, manning the Mile One water station. Every year, thousands of Alaskans unite for the race, all supporting a common goal: ending breast cancer. Last year, the race raised more than $240,000 for breast cancer research, education and prevention.

Keep an eye out for the AVRTC team at the race! We’ll be cheering you on at the Mile One water station at the corner of 9th Ave. and E St. Thank you for participating and helping us keep breast cancer on the run!

Until then, here’s a look at team AVRTC at the run in years past:

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Gamma Knife® Icon™

We’ve recently added the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the latest radiosurgery device available on the market, to our line up of treatment technologies. The improved Icon™ allows for select patients to receive the same superior precision as before, but using a more comfortable mask and imaging capabilities used to localize the tumor before and during treatment. Icon™ limits radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue and expands the range of treatments offered, allowing patients to complete treatment in a single session, or in multiple sessions when appropriate.