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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Brockton Hospital to get cutting-edge radiation machine
By Scott Allen, Globe Staff
In a region where most of the medical firsts happen in Boston, here's one for Brockton: sometime this month, a cancer patient at Brockton Hospital will become the first in New England to undergo a new kind of radiation therapy that allows doctors to boost the amount of radiation aimed at the tumor while doing less harm to the surrounding tissue.
The TomoTherapy machine, part of a $3.8 million upgrade to Brockton Hospital's cancer center, is expected to more effectively kill the cancer with fewer side effects for the patient.
Vasa doesn't know whether New England medicine's conservative streak explains why TomoTherapy hasn't caught on yet here -- Boston doctors, in particular, have a reputation for being skeptical of breakthroughs that happen somewhere else. Whatever the reason, Vasa said the arrival of TomoTherapy is a boon for Brockton patients who will undergo an estimated 15,000 radiation treatments this year.