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Cancer Centers of North Carolina Acquires Wake Radiology Oncology Services of Cary, N.C.
Date:4/20/2011

ncologists/UnitedNetworkofUSOncology/AdvancingCancerCare">evidence-based medicine pathways, cancer research including Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) clinical trials, and healthcare information technology such as the oncology-specific electronic health record system iKnowMed™ and Lynx® Mobile technology. US Oncology is a division of McKesson Corporation, a leader in healthcare solutions.

Drs. Kennedy and Sailer are experts in cancers of the head, neck and liver, in particular, and Dr. Kennedy is a leading expert in the infusion of microspheres, a highly specialized radiation treatment for liver cancer patients who have few options. This revolutionary treatment involves delivery of miniscule-size beads of glass, called microspheres that have been coated with the radiation source Yttrium-90. The beads are so small it would take three side-by-side to equal the width of a human hair. These microspheres are infused directly into the cancerous areas of the liver.

The radioactive microspheres are delivered by a catheter through the hepatic artery (the main supplier of blood to the liver) to the arterial section of the liver. The microspheres become permanently implanted in the cancerous tumor where they slowly release radiation over a period of approximately 14 days. The radiation in each bead is quite powerful, but does not have a wide range of exposure. This helps the microspheres to attack only the deadly tumor, and not the healthy organ. Dr. Kennedy has played a lead role in developing the procedure worldwide.

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Established in 1979, CCNC is the first practice to offer community-based outpatient cancer care
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