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BRG Pennington Cancer Center Offers New, Advanced Cancer Equipment

New linear accelerator reduces treatment time and improves patient comfort

Baton Rouge, La. – An advanced approach that expands cancer patients’ radiotherapy treatment options has come to Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) Pennington Cancer Center in the TrueBeam™ linear accelerator. Patients now have the option to be treated in just a few minutes a day, with a 25% smaller X-ray dosage than with previous options.

“The TrueBeam™ linear accelerator adds to our already robust cancer program,” said Dr. William Russell, BRG Radiation Oncology Medical Director. “By providing patients with the highest level of care right here in Baton Rouge, they can be treated near their homes, with their loved ones nearby instead of having to travel.”

Patients with complex tumors in the lung, breast, liver, abdomen, head and neck are candidates for the personalized radiotherapy treatments available with the linear accelerator. The device quickly and accurately targets tumors that move, leading to shorter treatment times and allowing for more comfort during treatments.

“We are thrilled to have one of the most advanced machines available in cancer care today in our facility,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, acting CEO at BRG. “These treatments can be precise, but also specific to individual patients’ needs – the kind of high quality care that we strive for in all parts of our health system.”

BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center is the region's first accredited and only comprehensive cancer program, and has been named the highest quality cancer care in Baton Rouge by CareChex in both 2015 and 2016. It was also recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers in 2013 for the creation of emergency charts for patients to use in the event of a disaster and again in 2014 for allowing patients to receive dietitian services over video chat. In 2014, BRG expanded radiation oncology services to three locations – Bluebonnet, Mid City and in Zachary, Louisiana. Learn more about BRG’s award winning cancer services and team, visit here.

Photo: Acting CEO Edgardo Tenreiro and VP of Clinical Service Lines Stephen Mumford celebrate the launch of the new equipment with BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center team.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook atFacebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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