Innovative precision radiotherapy – a powerful weapon against cancer

Advances in radiotherapy bring new hope every day in the fight against cancer, and a new generation of equipment arrived at Joaquim Chaves Saúde in 2017. The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, by Varian Medical Systems, is equipped with the most advanced technologies in the field of radiotherapy, whether in the ability to identify the “target” with the quality of the images produced daily before the treatment, or in the possibility of “adjusting” the treatment to the intended location, increasing the accuracy of the treatment beam and reducing the need for a margin around the target. We already have 5 years of experience and the focus on innovation remains.

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Cancers can arise in various tissues and organs. In the case of so-called solid cancers, such as breast cancer, head and neck cancers, prostate cancer, and in many others where the stage of the disease is considered to be advanced, but still curable, there is the possibility of if you resort to radiotherapy, alone or in association with chemotherapy (concomitant therapy), as the treatment of choice.

This method is used in cancer treatments - curative or palliative - and uses ionizing radiation to destroy the DNA of cancer cells, sparing the surrounding healthy cells as much as possible.

Joaquim Chaves Saúde works exclusively with state-of-the-art technology in the field of radiotherapy, which is why it acquired the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator. With sub-millimeter precision and unprecedented adaptability, TrueBeam enables high-precision treatment of tumors and cancers in the most difficult to reach, and sometimes inoperable, places. TrueBeam allows the production of three-dimensional images, fully generated and integrated in a proprietary digital system, with a 25% reduction in the X-ray radiation emitted compared to previous technologies, and a significantly lower time for capturing and producing images.

TrueBeam allows the use of a wider range of energy beams for treatment, which have more expressive and effective dosage rates. High dose rates mean shorter treatments, which means less radiation exposure to healthy tissues. The Gating system monitors the patient's respiratory movements in real time, which allows the control of the radiation beam to the exact location according to the respiratory cycle, further reducing the necessary margin and consequently the risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissues. The Breath Hold system makes it possible to monitor the suspension of the patient's respiratory movements in real time, which allows the control of the radiation beam to the exact place according to the forced inspiration or expiration, allowing the reduction of the necessary margin and consequently the risk damage to surrounding healthy tissue

Joaquim Chaves Saúde has radiooncology consultations in eight of its clinics, spread throughout the territory, where you can use teams of specialists oriented to receive you and plan your treatment in the best way, using cutting-edge technology and the best and latest oncological disease treatments. They are the Clínica de Radioncologia do Algarve (Faro); the Centro Oncológico Dr.ª Natália Chaves (Carnaxide, Lisboa); the Clínica de Radioncologia do Alentejo (Évora); the Clínica de Radioncologia de Santarém (Santarém); the Clínica de Radioncologia do Porto (Porto); the Clínica de Radioncologia da Madeira (Funchal, Madeira Island) and the Clínica de Radioncologia Madalena Paiva I (Ponta Delgada) and the Clínica de Radcioncologia Madalena Paiva II (Angra do Heroísmo), in the Azores Islands.

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