Two physicians with the Varian TrueBeam™ machine

The Radiation Oncologists at the Cancer Institute at UM St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) battle cancer using the Varian TrueBeam™ system for radiotherapy. This innovative and non-invasive approach is a breakthrough technology that delivers hope as it precisely targets and destroys tumors.

We can aggressively and more-safely attack even difficult-to-reach tumors --with the maximum dose of conventional or specialized radiation over the minimum period of time.

Traditional radiation delivery systems lack the precision to exactly track and pinpoint tumors. The slightest shift in the patient's position, or even breathing, can throw off the radiation targeting. The risk in these situations is having the delivery beam "miss" the tumor and either damage surrounding tissue or simply expose the patient to unnecessary imaging X-rays. This less-sophisticated technology may also be inadequate to treat difficult-to-reach tumors. For these patients particularly, TrueBeam represents new hope.

For more information, please call the UM St. Joseph Radiation Oncology Center at 410-376-7051. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. For a physician referral after 5 p.m. or on weekends, please call 410-337-1338.

Why choose UM St. Joseph's Cancer Institute for Radiation Oncology:

  • Precise: TrueBeam's advanced imaging technology constantly monitors over 100,000 data points, and can detect the slightest shift in a patient's position during a treatment session, even breathing, and then automatically synchronizes exactly where the delivery beam is directed – from any angle. It is akin to a marksman continuously, rapidly tracking and hitting a pinhole-sized bull's-eye, on a moving target, every time, from any angle.
  • Effective: Because we can be so confident in this precision, TrueBeam allows dose delivery rates that are 40-140% higher than older radiation therapy technology.
  • Faster: TrueBeam is a faster, more sophisticated imaging technology, and its beam delivery can proceed at a quicker pace as well dramatically reducing the amount of time the patient must stay on the table. Patients are back to their daily routine 30% faster than with older radiation therapy technologies.
  • Safer: With faster, better imaging, and less time on the table, TrueBeam also reduces patient exposure to X-rays by 25%, making it the safest way to aggressively attack tumors.

With TrueBeam, UM SJMC oncologists now have Baltimore's most sophisticated weapon against prostate, breast, lung and other hard-to-reach tumors.