New laser technology offers cancer treatment options


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 8:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- True Beam is the latest technology in cancer treatment and the only one of its kind in the state. So far this month is has been used six times at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
It is giving hope to cancer patients that want a new treatment option.

It is a precise targeted laser and requires fewer treatments.

Wednesday was Ruth Mougey's first time going through the True Beam treatment. 

Her husband and a team of doctors and radiation therapists watch for thirty minutes as this treatment delivers pin-point precision and targets radiation specifically on her tumor in her lung.
"This was a very exciting possibility and its much less invasive than surgery," Mougey said.
Mougey has had three prior surgeries and chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

When two tumors showed up in her lungs, surgery was an option but Mougey was open to a new kind of treatment.

With this precision technology she will have at least 3 treatments on one tumor but with radiation it would have been 30-35.
"That’s exciting to know that it destroys less tissue than they would remove trying to get it all surgically and less treatments,"  Mougey said.
Dr. Neal Dunlap, Mougey's doctor and Clinical Instructor for Radiation Oncology, explains that this new technology delivers extremely high doses of radiation and is best used on the chest, like lung cancers.
"We can actually deliver the radiation very precisely during the respiratory cycle and just target the area where the cancer is and not hit any of the normal lung around it," Dunlap said.