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Video: Trinity Mother Frances and Texas Oncology-Tyler Among the First in U.S. to Boast New Cancer-Fighting Technology

Multimillion-dollar investment in state-of-the-art radiation technology

improves cancer care for patients in Texas

TYLER, Texas, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients of Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute and Texas Oncology-Tyler are among the first in the nation to have access to state-of-the-art radiation equipment that provides faster and more accurate treatment for a wide variety of cancers.

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Trinity Mother Frances and Texas Oncology-Tyler are among of the first facilities in the United States to acquire the technology, the Novalis Tx(TM) stereotactic radiosurgery system. Novalis Tx is a powerful radiosurgery and radiotherapy system that penetrates deeper -- and faster -- into the body to treat tumors considered inoperable. The system's platform also allows for intricately customized settings that enable treatments to be highly targeted and accurate. The technology is brought to Tyler as a joint venture between Trinity Mother Frances and US Oncology. Texas Oncology is part of the US Oncology network, which provided Texas Oncology-Tyler with the multimillion-dollar capital investment in the Novalis Tx equipment. The agreement with Trinity Mother Frances allows the hospital's neurosurgeon to work hand in hand with radiation oncologists from Texas Oncology.

"This technology is some of the best of its kind available in the world today," said Sabatino Bianco, MD, Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute Director and Chief of Neurosurgery. "The commitment Trinity Mother Frances has made by partnering with Texas Oncology-Tyler to buy this equipment is another example of the organization's ongoing effort to provide the best patient care possible."

Dr. Mark Saunders, a radiation oncologist with Texas Oncology-Tyler, said the system has been installed and patients began to receive treatments using the new technology on July 10. "We're thrilled that we will be among the first in the nation to offer our patients this improved technology," said Saunders. "It allows us to deliver highly accurate radiation to both malignant and benign tumors as well as treat functional disorders. This technology is so powerful that it can deliver the appropriate dose faster than most conventional systems allowing for more ease and convenience to the patient."

Cancers that will be treated by the system include those within the head; neck and brain; pancreas; liver; prostate; and lungs. Because the system is so accurate, nearby healthy tissue is protected from damaging radiation so larger doses of radiation can be delivered to the targeted tumor with each treatment.

The Novalis Tx offers physicians more flexibility in utilizing framed or frameless treatments as well as offering both cone-based and multi-leaf technology. Most patients will find their treatments take significantly less time with Novalis Tx than if they were treated using previous-generation technology. This translates to the best technology available today. Patients receive complete, personalized cancer care at Texas Oncology-Tyler and Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute, which team together to offer today's most advanced technologies and treatments, as well as a wide range of supportive services and programs to address patients' individual educational, psychological, emotional, financial and nutritional needs.

Texas Oncology is the largest independent oncology practice nationwide and provides care to more Texans with cancer than any other cancer care provider. Through this large oncology network, Texas Oncology brings many benefits to area cancer patients, including access to nationwide clinical trials of promising new therapies and drugs.

About Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute

The Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute, part of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The institute couples the latest technology with compassionate and skilled providers to care for our patients. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute, visit .

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the region's preferred multi-specialty physician group serving east, northeast and north-central Texas.

About Texas Oncology

Texas Oncology delivers high quality cancer care with leading-edge technology and the most advanced treatment options available today to help patients achieve "More breakthroughs. More victories." in their fight against cancer, right in their own communities. With more than 270 physicians and 90 total sites of service, Texas Oncology, a pioneer in community-based cancer care, is the largest independent oncology practice nationwide and provides care to more Texans with cancer than any other cancer care provider. In 2007, Texas Oncology treated more than 27,000 of the 95,310 patients diagnosed with cancer in Texas.

Texas Oncology patients are treated with today's most advanced, effective technologies, therapies, and treatments. Texas Oncology patients have the opportunity to take part in some of the most promising clinical trials in the nation for a broad range of cancers. In fact, Texas Oncology has played an integral role in gaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for 24 of the latest 30 cancer therapies.

Texas Oncology is a member of the US Oncology network, the nation's largest health-care services network devoted exclusively to cancer treatment and research. US Oncology is affiliated with more than 1,000 physicians practicing in more than 440 locations, including more than 90 cancer centers and radiation facilities in 39 states. For more information, visit or call 1-888-864-I CAN (4226).

About US Oncology

As a member of the US Oncology network, Texas Oncology-Tyler participates in one of the nation's largest cancer treatment and research organizations. This membership enables us to bring the latest advances in therapies, clinical research, and technology to patients in our community. It also allows us to lead and participate in a national effort with more than 1,100 oncology colleagues to share and create best-in-class clinical and operational processes that help improve the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of cancer delivered to patients throughout the United States.

About Novalis Tx

Novalis Tx, from Varian Medical Systems and BrainLAB, offers one of the most versatile treatment platforms available for radiosurgery and radiotherapy -- from frameless and frame-based treatment of cranial indications to extra-cranial treatment of spine, lung, liver, and prostate lesions.

Novalis Tx offers the most comprehensive set of image-guidance and verification capabilities. With three imaging systems that provide clinicians with detailed information about the shape, size, and position of the targeted lesion; guide patient set up and positioning, and monitor patient motion during treatment, the Novalis Tx far eclipses image-guidance capabilities of SRS systems with only one image-guidance technology. Adaptive gating technologies allow precise treatment of tumors that move with respiration, while avoiding critical tissues and organs near the targeted area.

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