News clips from Channel 9 and Channel 13 in Orlando, covering Florida Hospital DeLand's Cancer Institute expansion.
Florida Hospital DeLand Cancer Institute celebrated the completion of its $5.2 million expansion today, Sunday, August 21, 2011. As part of the expansion, the facility's size was increased by more than 25 percent and is now more than 7,800 square feet. Additionally, both the interior and exterior of the existing building was renovated to mirror the hospital's current façade.
In addition to the construction, the Florida Hospital DeLand Cancer Institute upgraded the tecnology available to fight cancer by adding the latest tools in radiation oncology, including Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET-CT).
Tissues, organs, and many tumors are not rigidly fixed in one position. They can move several centimeters inside the body due to natural physiological processes, such as breathing. Because of this, IGRT Respiratory Gating is essential to tracking and targeting tumors with radiation. This feature provides more precise tumor targeting, which means radiation beam dosage levels can be increased, allowing tumors to receive a higher dose of radiation while nearby healthy tissues receive very little.
With Florida Hospital DeLand's new GE Discovery PET-CT 600, doctors can better determine whether a mass is malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous). This equipment has highly-advanced capabilities, which include: the highest image-sensitivity in the industry; improved image quality of scans in areas prone to motion, such as in the lungs; and a comfortable bed for patients up to 500 pounds, limiting the effects of claustrophobia.