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August 29, 2005

Cancer center offers improved treatment


New cancer treating technology at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center At Robinwood Medical Center brings state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

"It's the next level of cancer care, said Dr. Dan Cornell, director of radiation oncology at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. "There are several advancements that have been made over the last 40 years. This is a substantial change in the way radiation therapy is done. With targeting technology and precision delivery, there is a greater chance of eliminating the tumor."

Using the combination of the CT scanner and the linear accelerator is called "see-and-treat cancer care." The CT (computed tomography) scanner, called the GE LightSpeed RT, allows an oncologist to collect detailed planning data for use with the linear accelerator. Because of this data collection, radiation oncologists are able to deliver high doses of radiation to cancerous areas without increasing the side effects and damage to healthy tissues around the treatment area. The Varian Climac linear accelerator offers precise dosage control and high dose rates. The benefit of these programs used together is more comprehensive treatment, better patient outcomes, fewer side effects and shorter treatment times.

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Brown honored by Health Department


Christine Brown has been named the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Month for August. Brown has been employed at the health department since 1995 and works in the nursing division as a coordinator of the Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program, a program that provides medical insurance to low income pregnant women and children younger than 18.

Her selection reflects her mastery of all aspects of her work as well as her skill at working across programs and between agencies to provide quality client care.

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