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Good Samaritan Hospital Expands Treatment Options for Most Challenging Cancer Cases

March 10th, 2014

As part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to clinical excellence, the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan recently installed an innovative radiotherapy system, Varian TrueBeam™, which enables a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy. Good Samaritan is the first hospital in Suffolk County to use this advanced system, which offers cancer patients faster, shorter and more precise treatments while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. This technology opens new possibilities for the treatment of lung, prostate, brain, spine, abdominal, gynecological tumors as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.
TrueBeam imaging technology can produce three-dimensional images to fine-tune tumor targeting in 60% less time using 25% less radiation than other systems.

“The precision of the TrueBeam system is remarkable,” said Good Samaritan Hospital Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology Johnny Kao, MD. “We have an unprecedented ability to visualize the tumor in 3-dimensions immediately before administering treatment. This level of accuracy allows us to effectively treat the tumor while avoiding nearby organs.”

The Cancer Center at Good Samaritan received the highest level of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers  and the American College of Radiology. 

For more information on radiation oncology services at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4047 or visit our website at


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483