An “Edge” in Cancer Treatment

It is always nice to have an edge, an advantage, something in your favor.

Home court advantage or having a unique skill that helps to succeed over others is exactly what we want in a game – but also exactly what we want when we are facing the challenges in our health.

This week marked an exciting leap forward in giving all of us an “edge” in cancer treatment.

There’s now new technology designed to perform advanced, non-invasive cancer procedures anywhere in the body with extreme precision and low-toxicity.

And, I should mention that Henry Ford Hospital is the only location in North American – and among only two worldwide – equipped to give patients a new “edge” in the fight against cancer.

We are now home to the Edge Radiosurgery Suite, which uses new real-time tumor tracking technology and motion management capabilities, making it possible to protect healthy tissue with sub-millimeter accuracy, improving both safety and comfort for patients.

The Edge offers results comparable to surgery, but without the incision or hospital stay, treating patients in 15 minutes or less, and returning them to their everyday lives.

So when we say, “Game on Cancer,” we really mean it (and it’s not just because former Lions wide receiver Herman Moore attended the ribbon cutting for the Edge).

Herman Moore joins Drs. Siddique, Kalkanis, Conway, Movsas, Chapman and Bob Riney to officially launch the Edge.

Herman Moore joins Drs. Siddiqui, Kalkanis, Conway, Movsas, Chapman, and Bob Riney and myself to officially launch the Edge.

Herman is a perfect example of having an edge.

He was bigger, faster and better than defensive backs trying to stop him.  Megatron before Megatron.  He knows about the benefits of having an “edge.”

The Edge truly takes cancer radiation therapy to the next level.

And it’s no surprise that it’s happening here.

Our Radiation Oncology team, led by Dr. Ben Movsas, is a pioneer in the use stereotactic radiation therapy, having treated more than 4,000 patients using this specialized type of external beam radiation therapy.

That tradition of expertise with the most advanced radiation technologies is a heritage that will now continue with the addition the Edge, which offers patients:

  • Faster treatment: With a dose rate of up to 2,400 monitor units per minute, it offers rapid stereotactic treatments in only 10-20 minutes compared to other systems that can take well over an hour per session.
  • Increased comfort: The six degrees (6D) of freedom treatment couch provides the accuracy, precision and flexibility needed to optimally position and adjust patients, allowing them to be comfortable and breathe freely during treatment.
  • Real-time imaging: An advanced motion management package makes it possible to better compensate for tumor motion during treatment. The 2.5mm multi-leaf collimator provides a distinct cutting “edge” for radiosurgery treatments.
  • Cost-effective medicine: The Edge can accurately treat the vast majority of what a proton beam center can do at a fraction of the cost of a proton unit.

Edge: Behind the Scenes

Here are a couple of shots of the Edge being installed earlier this year at Henry Ford Hospital:

The Edge arrives at Henry Ford Hospital

The Edge arrives at Henry Ford Hospital

The Edge on its way to being installed.

The Edge on its way to being installed.

To learn more about the Edge, visit www.HenryFord.com/Edge.

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