Technology

Harrington Cancer Center houses some of the most advanced cancer-fighting technology available, all in a comfortable environment close to home. Technology combined with caring, highly trained cancer specialists, yields a center leading the region in cancer treatment.

Tomotherapy

Tomotherapy represents cutting edge radiation therapy technology that provides the oncologist unprecedented ability to deliver radiation therapy with great precision. The treatment system ensures accurate delivery using thousands of narrow beams, all targeting the tumor. Tomotherapy can treat different sized tumors and multiple regions while reducing the exposure of healthy tissue.  The system has broad applicability to many forms of cancer including prostate, breast, lung, brain, head, neck, bone, lymphomas and multiple myeloma.

Trilogy System with RapidArc

The Trilogy System with RapidArc makes it possible to deliver all the benefits of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) in dramatically shorter treatment times, making the treatment experience more comfortable for the patient. With IMRT, a much higher dose of radiation may be given to a tumor without an increase in radiation to the normal tissue surrounding the tumor. Trilogy with RapidArc delivers a precisely sculpted radiation dose distribution with a single 360-degree rotation.  This powerful and accurate tumor-destroying radiation can often be delivered in less than two minutes.

PET/CT Scanner

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a medical diagnostic imaging procedure that provides physicians with information about the body's chemistry, cell function and location of disease.  Computerized Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) look at the anatomy or body structure. When these two procedures are combined in one piece of equipment, the result is a PET-CT that provides both anatomic and functional information.  Harrington Cancer Center is the only provider in our region to provide this technology.  The accuracy of PET-CT reduces unnecessary treatments, surgeries and biopsies, which reduces patient risk and improves patient outcome.

da Vinci Surgical System

Through our affiliation with BSA, patients requiring surgical intervention for prostate cancer or radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer can be candidates for robotic surgery.

The da Vinci® robot-assisted postatectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The da Vinci Hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.

Potential benefits for robotic surgery include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities