As part of Mercy’s commitment to serving the healthcare needs of our community, a new state-of-the-art radiation therapy linear accelerator was recently installed at the Mercy Cancer Center.
The linear accelerator is the newest addition to Mercy’s radiation oncology program. It uses beams of radiation to pinpoint cancer cells, while better protecting healthy cells. The results is a more advanced therapy, shorter treatment times and an enhanced quality of life for our patients.
“This new technology represents a $3.3 million investment in the health our community and demonstrates our commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of our friends and neighbors,” says Edwin Oley, Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health Lorain Region. “We’re proud to provide this advanced treatment option, so that patients can receive high-quality, convenient care right here in Lorain County.
Today, radiation therapy is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat cancer. In fact, more than half of all cancer patients are treated with radiation. Depending on the nature of the cancer, radiation may be delivered internally by placing a source of radiation in or near a tumor to emit radiation over time, or as external beam radiation therapy.
“With the new linear accelerator, we are able to direct beams of radiation to a tumor in a very precise manner to destroy as many cancer cells as possible with minimal damage to normal healthy cells.” explains Gail Lalli, Executive Director of the Mercy Cancer Center. “We’re combining cutting-edge technology with our focus on healing and caring for the whole person.”
Installation of the linear accelerator was completed on June 7 and the first patients began treatment the week of June 13.
If you, a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer, please talk with your doctor to see if the linear accelerator would be right for your treatment.
Not only does the Mercy Cancer Center offer advanced treatment through the linear accelerator, but through our partnership with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Lorain County residents have access to the most advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials available. Plus, through the Center for Body, Mind and Spirit, the Mercy Cancer Center offers a wide array of programs and services to care for the psychological, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of healing. Programs and services are free to anyone touched by cancer and include: support groups, exercise and fitness, creative healing workshops, educational sessions, a healing garden, and individual support services, such as social work, supportive counseling, legal consultation and meditation.
For more information on the services available at the Mercy Cancer Center, please call 440-324-0400.