Fifty years ago, The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus housed state-of-the-art cancer technology.
It is once again home to a new top-of-the-line radiotherapy system that will improve the hospital’s capabilities and will allow doctors to focus more on patients and treatments instead of systems and technology.
The TrueBeam radiotherapy equipment was unveiled Friday afternoon during a ceremony at St. Francis.
The purchase of the machine was made possible through a new partnership between St. Francis, the Kansas City health system, Ardent Health Services and the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
“The cancer care team at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus already has a reputation for providing compassionate, high-quality care,” St. Francis CEO Steve Anderson said. “Now through this expanded partnership, the team in Topeka will have access to more technology and care resources.”
According to Shalina Gupta-Burt, the hospital’s radiation oncology medical director, the machine can deliver precision, high doses of radiation, and quick and shortened radiation courses.
“For us in Topeka, it’s going to be extremely important,” Gupta-Burt.
The addition of the machine will allow St. Francis to not have to send patients elsewhere, such as The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, which also has a TrueBeam.
“Over the last year and a half or two, I’ve probably had to send probably around a dozen patients,” Gupta-Burt said.
The machine can also be used on a variety of cancer cases, achieves results with speed and accuracy and move and adjust to fit the specific needs of the cancer patient’s tumor.
“What it’s really gonna allow me to do is localize, deliver, assure that they are treating only the disease that we need to treat as safely as we can,” Gupta-Burt said.