Services - Treatment
The focus of our business in this venue will be primarily based
in non-invasive, stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy. The
modalities listed below reflect multifaceted and proven treatment
in the areas of cancer and other functional diseases. The technologies
can be used for everything intracranially (within the brain) as
well as extracranially (anywhere else in the body). This gives the
practitioner the diversity to treat all tumors, lesions and anatomical
Radiation is one of the three most accepted forms of treatment
in these areas. The others are surgery and chemotherapy. Any of
these three can be used singularly or in synergy with the others.
Some of these technologies are offered in many settings such as
linear accelerators, whereas others are offered in very few settings
such as Gamma Knife and Cyberknife.
Demographics and physician preference play the largest role in
deciding what to offer the community. Our objective is to identify
and partner with the innovators and early adaptors in this market
segment. Our experience and research tell us that the more successful
businesses are in for-profit, community based facilities, where
there is proactive physician and institutional participation.
IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
Gamma Knife surgery is recognized worldwide as the preferred treatment
for brain tumors both benign and malignant as well as for functional
diseases of the brain such as arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal
neuralgia, tremors and Parkinson's disease. The Gamma Knife allows
noninvasive cerebral surgery to be performed with accuracy and precision
sparing healthy tissue adjacent to the treated site. It is painless,
bloodless and requires usually no overnight stay. This method of
radiosurgery is the most dramatic advance in brain surgery in decades
and has helped to change the landscape of neurosurgery. There are
some variations and other modalities of similar treatment, yet Gamma
Knife is recognized as the "gold standard".
This is another one of the more technically advanced methods available
in external beam radiation therapy. Rather than having a single,
large beam of radiation pass through the body, IMRT is broken up
into thousands of pencil radiation beams. It allows the user to
treat tumors to a higher dose, retreat already irradiated cancers
and safely treat tumors located close to vital organ areas. It can
translate into a higher cancer control rate with fewer side effects.
This is a relatively new market segment with high potential.
Tomotherapy is a fully integrated state-of-the-art radiation therapy
delivery system. This product is a compact, cost-effective and high
precision therapy system. The design includes a primary beam-shield,
reducing costs associated with room shielding which many of the
other treatment products require. It also includes an on-board oncology
CT system, a fast inverse planning system and excels at treating
complex cases (IMRT) as well as cases currently treated more conventionally
with 3D or 2D planning. It is designed to target conformal radiation
treatment to the patient's tumor while helping to limit damage to
surrounding tissues. There has been a vast amount of success in
the treatment of many types of cancer including breast and prostate
as well as others.
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