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Doctor's Hospital cuts the ribbon on game-changing cancer treatment system

The TrueBeam system tackles cancer in a more precise way. (WFXG) The TrueBeam system tackles cancer in a more precise way. (WFXG)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Doctor's Hospital in Augusta just cut the ribbon on the best cancer-treatment technology in the CSRA.

The hospital's new $2.7 million TrueBeam system is one of the most advanced in the country at treating cancer.
Doctors are saying this will minimize and, in some cases, even remove side-effects entirely.

"We can shape exactly what the tumor looks like and throw the radiation right there, at the tumor, without damaging the normal tissue," said Jun Li, a medical physicist at Doctor's Hospital.

TrueBeam is also the most accurate when it comes to cancer treatment. It delivers more focused, precise X-rays to target cancer cells.

"They're actually destroying the DNA of the cell and, therefore, the cell cannot reproduce and soon dies," said Byron Dasher, a radiation oncologist.

Imaging detail and accuracy is only half of what this machine's capable of.

"Also, it helps with decreasing the time it takes for standard treatment and reducing the probability that we miss the tumor," he said.

One patient who has had recurring prostate cancer and more than 40 treatments says he has never seen a system deliver quite like this one has.
Ron Ferguson is the first person from the area to receive treatment from the TrueBeam.

"I have no side-effects whatsoever from the machine," said Ferguson. "It's been outstanding."

In order to get a TrueBeam, a hospital needs a certificate of need.

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