A first in South Australia: World-class technology expands treatment options for patients with brain tumours in South Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia – A high-precision radiation therapy technology called ExacTrac® is now available to treat suitable patients with secondary brain tumours, at GenesisCare in the Tennyson Centre in Kurralta Park.

The Brainlab ExacTrac Image Guided Radiation Therapy system will be used for stereotactic radiosurgery, a non-invasive form of intracranial radiation therapy treatment, which delivers precisely targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy.

The technology features a state-of-the-art imaging system that is clinically proven to provide highly accurate patient positioning and brain tumour targeting. It gives the clinician the ability to see and monitor a patient’s position in real-time during treatment, so they can instantly detect any unintended movement that would impact treatment precision.

GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist, Dr Andrew Potter, who consults at several centres across Adelaide, said: “The ExacTrac system, which has been installed in our Tennyson Centre, is the first-of-its-kind in the state, heralding a new era for radiation therapy in South Australia.”

“Brain metastases (secondary brain tumours) are estimated to occur in 20-40%1 of cancer patients, and as a result we are seeing an increasing number of patients benefitting from stereotactic treatment.

“Using the ExacTrac imaging system, the patient is placed on a bed that rotates in six dimensions, delivering a high dose of radiation directly to tumours in the brain. The high dose destroys cancer cells with minimum damage to surrounding healthy tissues, and the patient typically only needs 1-3 sessions, as the treatment can target multiple tumours at the same time.

GenesisCare’s South Australian General Manager, Duy Tran, welcomed the new technology: “It will allow for a more streamlined imaging process which means more patients in South Australia will be able to access to this high quality cancer treatment.”

“The swift and accurate imaging capabilities of the ExacTrac will also reduce the amount of time our patients have to spend on the treatment bed, so they can get back to their loved ones and their daily routine faster.

“The ExacTrac at the Tennyson Centre will be the first system of its kind clinically available to patients in South Australia, putting GenesisCare at the forefront of radiation therapy treatment,” said Mr Tran.

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