Versa HD technology is groundbreaking. It’s safer, faster and more precise. The advanced linear accelerator (linac) system, designed to improve patient care and treat a broader spectrum of cancers than previous systems, is now at Kettering Medical Center. But at Kettering Cancer Care, the focus isn’t solely on innovation; it’s on improving patients’ quality of life.

“Versa HD augments what we already had in place,” says Douglas Einstein, M.D., Ph. D., medical director and chairman of radiation oncology at Kettering and Greene Memorial. “This technology is five times faster, which means improved patient comfort, less waiting time, and a minimal impact on our patients’ quality of life.”

“We offer our patients the best multidisciplinary cancer care in the area, similar to what you would receive in an academic cancer center without having to travel,” says Einstein. “Patients receive the most state-of-the-art care with as little disruption to their daily life as possible because they can receive treatment close to home.”

The state-of-the-art radiation therapy solution from Elekta, a company with a history of pioneering innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer, is the first of its kind in use in the United States. Radiation oncologists Einstein, Aimee Russell, M.D., and Louis Keller III, M.D., are now able to care for cancer patients with the most precise radiation therapy technology available in the United States, Versa HD.

“The technology we have allows us to treat patients from head to toe more specifically and accurately than any other facility in southwest Ohio,” says Ken Chaij, network administrative director of cancer services. Einstein also adds that with this state-of-the-art technology, patients can receive treatments close to home with little disruption to their daily life and will get the same care as they would in an academic cancer center.

The decision to invest in Versa HD took into account both the network’s mission as well as the clinical needs as the number of patients treated increases every year. Versa HD helps treat a variety of cancers including medically inoperable lung cancer, liver, colon, prostate and breast cancer. Even patients who received previous conventional radiation treatments can be treated with Versa HD.

“A lot of times we see patients who are concerned about the side effects of treatments, they have heard stories from family or friends,” says Russell, radiation oncologist at Greene Memorial. Shortened time on the table means less time being immobilized, reducing patient anxiety and stress. “It goes a long way to be able to tell someone that we are using such refined technology that we will be able to spare them from many of the negative side effects. It helps them to relax.”

The shorter treatment times are also paired with increased precision. “These more specialized therapies enable us to provide the most accurate cancer treatment, down to fractions of millimeters,” says Chaij.

Versa HD provides superior conformance to tumor size, shape and volume, allowing clinicians to administer higher dose rates in less time, which can enhance treatment effectiveness while protecting critical structures such as the heart, spine or bladder. “You can’t help but get a little excited when you are introducing this type of technology to the community,” says Ken.

For more information, call Kettering Cancer Care at 855-500-CURE (2873).