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Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Unveils New Robotic Technology

January 13th, 2017
 West Islip, NY – In November 2016, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center introduced a new technology in the treatment of cancer that delivers very precise radiation to the tumor while ensuring that vital organs close to the targeted area are protected. 

The Six Degrees of Freedom Robotic Couch, which is an upgrade to the TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator at the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan, can twist and turn to exactly the right position to allow for nearly perfect positioning, thereby avoiding vital structures such as the brain and spinal cord from radiation. The Cancer Center’s TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator was the first in Suffolk County, installed in 2014. 

According to Johnny Kao, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Chairman of the Medical Center’s Cancer Committee, the Freedom Couch represents the latest treatment advance in a department recognized for safety, quality and innovation. “At Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, we have developed the Good Samaritan Quality System that includes using the best available imaging to target the tumor volume, paying close attention to limiting radiation dose to nearby healthy organs, and applying the best available technology to precisely treat tumors even in challenging locations. This technology for cancer care updates our dynamic services, leading edge technology, and expertly trained staff to reinforce our position as one of the premier cancer care programs on Long Island.”

Andrew Wong, MD, a Good Samaritan radiation oncologist trained in the use of the Freedom Couch, says that the upgrade to the linear accelerator allows for precise treatment of multiples sites including lung, prostate, gastrointestinal, gynecological, head and neck and bone tumors.

The radiation oncology team is led by board certified and university trained oncologists with a support staff of experienced and specially trained registered nurses, specialized oncology certified nurses, PhD and master’s level physicists, certified medical dosimetrists and radiation therapists who are experts in the safe delivery of radiation treatments.

The Radiation Oncology Department has a three-year accreditation by The American College of Radiology (ACR)-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), which demonstrates that Good Samaritan has undergone a comprehensive review process and meets nationally accepted standards of care. It also signifies that Good Samaritan’s radiation oncology program provides an essential service to the community with the highest standards of radiation oncology professionals, equipment, and quality assurance and radiation safety.

Most importantly for those needing cancer care, is that all of the treatments are done on site providing better safety and a quicker start to these life-saving treatments. “We are investing in the technology and the experts who can deliver the best care for members of the Good Samaritan community,” says Dr. Kao.