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New 'GPS for the Body' Offers Treatment Option With Minimal Side Effects For Prostate Cancer Patients
Date:7/25/2012

arch has shown that patients treated with Calypso had significantly fewer side effects in bowel urgency and frequency, fecal incontinence and urinary irritation.  They also had fewer sexual side effects.  Calypso technology allows the radiation oncologist to safely and maximally cover cancerous areas while minimizing normal tissue exposure to radiation. 

Studies have also shown that patients who have undergone the Calypso procedure versus other similar treatments, have lived longer, healthier lives. The Calypso's GPS for the Body is the only FDA-approved technology to track tumors in real time.  Calypso can be used in primary radiation treatment or as an adjunctive treatment to surgery.

Virginia Hospital Center was recently awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).  The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety for radiation oncology.  To achieve this accreditation, the Hospital's Radiation Oncology Department underwent a rigorous review of their staff qualifications, equipment requirements and quality control procedures.  Virginia Hospital Center is the only hospital in the northern Virginia with the complete range of radiation oncology services, including external beam radiation, CyberKnife®, Calypso and brachytherapy, with ACR-ASTRO accreditation.

About Virginia Hospital Center:
For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center is a 342-bed, $150 million state-of-the-art facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience, Oncology, Total Joint Replacement (hip and k
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