Varian Edge® with Calypso® tracking system is a technology-leading, minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery used to treat a wide range of cancers with incredible precision and accuracy. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono was the first hospital in Monroe County to offer Edge, capable of delivering higher doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells with no cutting, no anesthesia, fewer treatments and no in-hospital stay. Edge allows radiation oncologists to treat more than one tumor in the body at a time, which isn’t the case with some other radiosurgery systems when you have to treat each individual tumor in a separate session. This system is also available at LVH–Cedar Crest.
Edge treats a wide range of cancerous and noncancerous tumors throughout the body, including those of the prostate, pancreas and liver. It delivers treatments quickly, all while keeping track of tumor motion using advanced tracking technologies. Here’s how it can help:
- Prostate cancer – Greater accuracy means greater results and better quality of life. Published data suggests that Calypso and Edge can result in lower rates of bowel and sexual dysfunction side effects.
- Lung cancer – Varian Medical Systems’ Calypso tracking system works hand-in-hand with Edge to track tumors in real time, so that even tumors that readily move – such as those of the lung – can be precisely targeted with radiation. Watch a short video (below) to see how Varian Edge delivers targeted radiation.
The system also alerts the radiation oncologist if the patient undergoing treatment has moved in a way that could compromise accuracy. Watch a short video (below) to see how Varian Edge manages motion during treatment.