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Physician-in-Chief of Oncology at Bronson Healthcare
   A Higher Level of Cancer Treatment
No two people are exactly alike. Like- wise, no two cancer treatment plans
are exactly the same. Depending on the type of cancer, time of diagnosis, and
if the disease has spread, a patient may undergo a combination of surgery, che- motherapy, medication and/or radiation treatment. Palliative care – care that will help reduce pain and negative side ef- fects of cancer – can also be prescribed.
External beam radiation therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment. Radiation is localized, meaning that it targets one specific part of the body. For example, if a patient receives a breast cancer diagnosis with a tumor near the armpit, radiation is directed only to the tumor. Radiation therapy uses extremely high doses of targeted radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
tumor targeting to take 60 percent less time and use 25 percent less of a radiation dose, when compared to previous imaging technology.
   The new linear accelerator is expected to deliver nearly 6,000 radiation treatments each year.
 An estimated one in three Amer- icans receives a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. In Calhoun County alone, nearly 2,000 residents, on av- erage, are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. Although these numbers are staggering, new research and technology in the field are helping Bronson experts take cancer care to the next level.
These factors can make a signifi- cant difference in the patient’s overall experience when it comes to comfort, accuracy, and time saved during radi- ation treatment. While every patient’s diagnosis requires a personal plan of care, having this technology is already making a difference for many patients and families in our community.
Dr. Randy Mudge is a radiation oncol- ogist at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center and the physician-in-chief
of oncology for Bronson Healthcare.
The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center is recognized by the Joint Com- mission with the Gold Seal of Approval. This recognition means that it meets the highest national standards for quality of care, so patients can trust they’re getting the best possible cancer care. Call (269) 245-8660 to schedule an appointment in Battle Creek or Marshall.
 Options for Treating Cancer –
Precise, Targeted Treatment –
be completed in half the time it would have taken on the previous radiation equipment.
This is different from medication
or chemotherapy that sends cancer treatment across the entire body. At
the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, patients receiving radiation treatment have access to a new, ex- tremely sophisticated piece of radiation technology – the Varian TrueBeam lin- ear accelerator. This recently installed technology reduces radiation treatment times and improves tumor targeting for the approximately 350 patients who receive radiation treatment at the center each year.
About the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator – The new linear acceler- ator is expected to deliver nearly 6,000 radiation treatments each year. For patients, this new equipment means:
• Some radiation treatment times will
• Enhanced 3-D imaging allows for
• The equipment monitors a patient’s breathing to compensate for tumor movement. Radiation beams are sent only when the tumor is in an optimal position.
  — The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center —
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you don’t have to travel far for high quality care. The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, located within Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, is accredited by:
• The Commission of Cancer
(CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
(since 1995)
• Accredited breast center though the National Accreditation Pro- gram for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
• ASTRO APEX Accreditation of Excellence for radiation oncology
• The Joint Commission with its Gold Seal of ApprovalTM
The Bronson Battle Creek
Cancer Care Center is a comprehen- sive program that offers many ser- vices that make it easier for patients to navigate their cancer journey. This includes:
• Prevention and survivorship
• Support groups
• Clinical trials and research
• Genetic testing and counseling
• Robotic surgery using the da Vinci®
Surgical System
• Social workers, nutrition counsel-
ors, transportation, pain manage- ment, advanced illness manage- ment, and financial counseling

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