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Spotlight On: Trigeminal Neuralgia

 

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition. TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder usually […]

 

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ASTRO Endorses Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy As First-Line Prostate Cancer Treatment Option

 

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has announced the classification of stereotactic body radiation therapy as a first-line treatment option for prostate cancer. As a first-line treatment, SBRT can be considered a primary form of treatment for prostate cancer. The results of long-term clinical trials supporting the safety and efficacy of stereotactic body radiation in […]

 

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Reno CyberKnife Offers Multidisciplinary Approach to Brain Tumor Treatment

 

In recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Reno CyberKnife announces the treatment of more than 300 brain tumor patients since opening in 2008 as a service of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The center joins the efforts of community organizations and support groups to raise awareness of brain tumors and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options.

Brain tumors comprise nearly half of the cases treated at the center, accounting for 41 percent of all patient treatments. Reno CyberKnife works with hospital partner Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Sierra Neurosurgery to offer multidisciplinary care through Saint Mary’s Brain Tumor Center. Reno CyberKnife radiation oncologists work closely with neurosurgeons and other specialists to provide brain tumor patients with a comprehensive overview of treatment options. Specialists in both radiation oncology and neurosurgery evaluate each patient’s diagnostic images and medical history to provide guidance on the best course of treatment for their individual diagnosis.

“Reno CyberKnife is proud to be a partner in this collaborative approach to treating patients facing a brain tumor diagnosis,” said Dr. Katie Legarza, Reno CyberKnife co-medical director. “It is a rewarding opportunity to provide patients with the most thorough information available and to educate them on the treatment options available through our program, including CyberKnife®.”

 

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Hospital Partner Spotlight: Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

 

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center provides a range of services to the northern Nevada region, including a full-service heart and vascular institute, women’s and children’s services, hospice and palliative care and a multi-specialty medical group. Saint Mary’s strives to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare in a compassionate and cost-effective manner. Saint Mary’s is home to the […]

 

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Spotlight On: American Lung Association

 

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid […]

 

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Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

 

At Reno CyberKnife, medical physicists play a key role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of our CyberKnife® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by […]

 

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Reno CyberKnife Names Dr. Katie Legarza Co-Medical Director

 

Dr. Katie Legarza has been named Co-Medical Director of Reno CyberKnife, joining Dr. Jonathan Tay, who has served as the center’s Medical Director since 2008. Dr. Legarza and Dr. Tay will now serve as Co-Medical Directors of Reno CyberKnife, leading the center’s team of experienced cancer care specialists. Dr. Legarza is a board-certified radiation oncologist […]

 

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Reno CyberKnife Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

 

Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety, will be recognized March 3-9. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads the nationwide effort seeking to promote collaboration among all aspects of patient care. The theme, “Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care,” […]

 

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Get to Know: Reno CyberKnife Co-Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Tay

 

Dr. Jonathan Tay, co-medical director of Reno CyberKnife, is widely known for his contributions to advancing prostate cancer therapies. Dr. Tay was named one of Nevada Business Magazine’s 2010 “Health Care Heroes” for his contributions to the medical field. Learn more about his experience since joining Reno CyberKnife. What first drew you to radiation oncology?Radiation […]

 

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Spotlight On: CyberKnife for Lung Cancer Treatment

 

Reno CyberKnife has treated more than 200 lung cancer cases since opening in 2008. This accounts for more than a quarter of the center’s patients. Reno CyberKnife has drawn patients from as far as Alaska seeking a noninvasive alternative to traditional lung cancer treatment. As one of the most common cancer diagnoses, evolving treatment options […]

 

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