PEORIA, Ill. -- Breast cancer patients in Central Illinois now have access to the latest high-tech tool to treat the disease.
Doctors say the multi-million dollar gadget provides more targeted radiation, greater accuracy, and fewer side-effects.
It's called the Varium True Beam Linear Accelerator.
Methodist Medical Center is currently the only hospital between St. Louis and Chicago to offer the technology. Other local hospitals are expected to follow suit.
The Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Methodist says the therapy is fast and painless.
"It also allows us to deliver the treatment much more accurately. So the normal adjacent organs don't get nearly as many side effects. It is just great to be able to let these women know they are getting radiation therapy in Peoria, Illinois that is as good as anywhere in the country," said Dr. Matthew Carpenter, Med. Dir. of Methodist Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Carpenter says the average breast cancer patient undergoes about 30 treatments with the true beam linear accelerator over a six-week period.