At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, we focus on fighting complex and advanced stage cancer. To help us accomplish this mission we have cancer-fighting technology that supports our patients fight this challenging disease.
A few of the most recent additions to the technologies found at Southwestern include the following:
The CyberKnife VSI® System is a non-invasive alternative to cancer surgery. It enables our radiation oncologists to deliver high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy to a broad range of tumors throughout the body, including the brain, spine, lung, prostate, liver, pancreas and kidneys. The cyberknife provides a pain-free, non-surgical option for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who may be looking for an alternative to surgery.In July 2012, Southwestern became the first CTCA® hospital to add this to their treatment plan options. Learn more about Cyberknife VSI System.
This innovative treatment delivers a concentrated beam of radiation directly to the tumor bed immediately after tumor removal in surgery. This helps to increase the dose of radiation that can be given, shield the surrounding healthy tissue, and ideally lessen the number of radiation treatments needed. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
In January 2011, CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma became the third hospital in the country to offer the BSD-2000 Hyperthermia System. The BSD-2000 Deep Tissue Hyperthermia uses heat in conjunction with radiation therapy or chemotherapy, to treat certain cancerous tumors deep in the pelvic or abdominal regions of the body. The machine is designed to reach tumors that are located more than 3 cm under the skin surface. It can help to weaken or destroy cancer cells while not damaging the healthy tissue and the side effects are generally limited. Learn more about BSD-2000 Deep Tissue Hyperthermia.
The Discovery PET/CT 600 scanner, manufactured by GE Healthcare, merges two imaging technologies, positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT), into one machine for a single imaging session. Motion from respiration, the beating heart, and patient movement impact image quality and quantitative accuracy. The motion-free platform of this machine allows our physicians to accurately identify multiple small lesions down to 2.8mm, which enables us to find cancer and metastases earlier. Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma was the first hospital in North America to have this powerful machine. GE Discovery 600 – PET CT
The GE Innova® IGS 540 Interventional Radiology Suite offers multimodality image-fusion capabilities and navigation, allowing our radiologists to visualize tumors in difficult-to-reach areas and perform real-time image-guided interventional procedures, including lung biopsies and liver ablations. This offers more accurate treatment planning and greater precision and control. GE Interventional RadiologySuite
When patients explore treatment options, they may want to know about issues like life expectancy and quality of life. To help patients and their families make more informed decisions about their cancer treatment, CTCA publishes our patient survival rates along with quality of life, patient loyalty, and speed of care results.
CTCA is one of the first cancer treatment centers to provide our results to patients. We believe patients have the right to know this type of information. We also believe in their fundamental right to choose among the best available options for their treatment. To see our statistics and results, please visit Cancer Treatment Statistics & Results.