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New tumor tracker technology available at Virtua in Washington Township

The GPS in your car would never say: “You’ve kind of arrived at your destination.” Neither should the technology used to pinpoint tumors for radiation. Normal bodily functions like breathing or coughing cause organs and tumors to move. During radiation therapy, that movement can be enough to cause the radiation beam to target normal, healthy tissue instead of the tumor.

But the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Center Radiation Oncology program at Washington Township introduced Calypso GPS for the Body®. This is a new tumor tracking device for patients with prostate cancer.

“This is the first device that will let me know if the tumor moved out of range during the radiation session,” says David Lowther, MD, medical director of the center and a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s department of radiation oncology. “That way, I can either adjust the radiation beam or stop radiation treatment to readjust the patient’s body.”

Calypso guarantees that radiation hits the tumor, minimizes the risk of side effects to the bladder and rectum and increases the chance of curing the disease – all to the benefit of the patient.

“There’s nothing else like it,” says Dr. Lowther. “We’re very fortunate to be the only facility in South Jersey to treat our patients with this new technology.”

For information about the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Center Radiation Oncology program, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.