Community offering single-dose radiation
Community Health Network has acquired the INTRABEAM System, a new radiation platform designed to replace as many as 6.5 weeks of routine radiation therapy with a single 20- to 30-minute targeted radiation treatment. This revolutionary system, which delivers a targeted radiation treatment directly to the tumor site after lumpectomy, was shown to be as effective as traditional radiation for certain women with early breast cancer.
Community is participating in a planned phase IV single-arm trial, looking at outcomes in women with early-stage breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving surgery with radiation therapy.
In addition to the convenience of a one-time treatment, the INTRABEAM system has been shown to provide additional benefits compared to traditional radiation therapy. These include less irritation of healthy breast tissue, minimized exposure to the chest cavity and underlying organs, and fewer skin reactions, such as redness, rashes and irritation. There is no treatment delay for patients who must also undergo chemotherapy as part of the breast cancer treatment.
St. Francis nurses earn Daisy awards
Pam Buss and Amy Adams were named February recipients of St. Francis Hospital’s DAISY Awards.
Buss works in the in-patient tower and Adams works in the bone marrow transplant unit, which has since transferred from Beech Grove to the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.
Adams was nominated by a co-worker for an extraordinary act of caring for a patient. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors compassionate care and clinical excellence. Franciscan St. Francis localized the program in 2010 to recognize its nurses for their achievements.
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