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Edge™ Radiosurgery: How It’s Helping Cancer Patients in the Poconos

Edge™ is a new minimally invasive technology used to treat a wide range of cancers including those of the prostate, lung, brain, spine and more. The Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono is the first hospital in the region to offer Edge, a state-of-the-art radiation machine optimized to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery with extreme precision and accuracy.

This means fewer treatments for patients. Using the combination of high-technology imaging and radiation, Edge is capable of delivering higher doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells. And, there’s no cutting, no anesthesia and no in-hospital stay with Edge.

Treatment and side effects

During treatment with Edge, patients lie comfortably for only a few minutes while the machine delivers precisely targeted radiotherapy in as few as one to five treatments. “Most people are able to carry on their daily activities without feeling tired or run down after treatment,” says Sean Quinlan-Davidson, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist practicing at the Hughes Cancer Center.

As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility of side effects with radiosurgery. “Radiation oncologists do their best to minimize side effects, and Edge radiosurgery helps minimize the chance they will occur because of its accuracy,” says Quinlan-Davidson. Advanced motion tracking techniques with Edge help radiation oncologists detect tumor movement. This leads to less radiation exposure to surrounding normal body tissue and therefore fewer side effects.

Radiosurgery on the rise

A study conducted by Healthcare Intelligence Solutions shows that during the next 10 years there will be a 108 percent increase in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery to treat brain cancers and a 93 percent increase in overall cancer treatment using it.

The good news is cancer treatments continuously improve and become more accurate and less invasive over time. “Edge is an excellent example of the progress that’s being made in caring for patients,” says Quinlan-Davidson. “We are proud to be able to offer this technology at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center to provide the most comprehensive cancer care for the people living in the Pocono community.”

The Hughes Cancer Center

Along with the most leading-edge technologies, the Hughes Cancer Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to care. A team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and surgeons work with patients and their primary care physicians to create the most appropriate and effective plan of treatment for each patient. In addition to Edge, other radiation therapy treatments include:

  • External beam radiation
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy
  • Image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy – including RapidArc,™ which allows doctors to treat some types of cancer with great precision in less than two minutes
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy
  • Prostate seed implants
  • New Space OAR® System to reduce rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy – Space OAR acts as a spacer by pushing the rectum away from the prostate.

The Hughes Cancer Center is also named a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers and is a member of the Commission on Cancer. And, LVH–Pocono’s Women’s Breast Health Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

The Hughes Cancer Center also provides the full spectrum of care in surgical oncology, breast surgery and medical oncology, including chemotherapy and targeted drug therapies.

Learn about the Hughes Cancer Center at LVHN.org/Pocono.