Get to know
TrueBeam STx
500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
TrueBeam STx®
TrueBeam STx is the latest in advanced radiosurgery
technology. It treats patients with a procedure called
s...
TrueBeam STx
A powerful, nonsurgical radiosurgery system,TrueBeam STx
destroys cancerous and benign tumors with high-dose,...
TrueBeam STx
By delivering high-dose radiation beams that match the
shape of the tumor being treated,TrueBeam STx also
sig...
500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
BeforeTreatment
The Rush Radiosurgery ...
500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
BeforeTreatment
The Rush Radiosurgery ...
DuringTreatment
Patients are asked to wear comfortable clothing duringTrueBeam STx treatments.
Jewelry is acceptable unles...
DuringTreatment
There’s no sedation or anesthesia required. Sometimes patients take naps during
their procedures. Feel fre...
AfterTreatment
Recovery from aTrueBeam STx procedure can be immediate, given both the low
risk of complications and the la...
Real patients. Real results.
“TrueBeam STx treatment was a piece of cake. It was
much quicker and more comfortable than ot...
Our Center
Under the direction of medical director Dr.Aidnag Diaz, Rush Radiosurgery brings
together experienced physician...
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Rush Radiosurgery's TrueBeam STx® technology treats patients with a nonsurgical procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery.

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Patient Guide to TrueBeam STx® Treatment

  1. 1. Get to know TrueBeam STx 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  2. 2. TrueBeam STx® TrueBeam STx is the latest in advanced radiosurgery technology. It treats patients with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors with high-dose radiation precisely aimed from different angles. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  3. 3. TrueBeam STx A powerful, nonsurgical radiosurgery system,TrueBeam STx destroys cancerous and benign tumors with high-dose, highly accurate radiation beams while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.This pinpoint accuracy allows our physicians to treat difficult-to-reach tumors that may have been impossible to treat in the past. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  4. 4. TrueBeam STx By delivering high-dose radiation beams that match the shape of the tumor being treated,TrueBeam STx also significantly reduces treatment time.A typical session takes about 15 minutes, reducing potential errors that can occur in longer lasting procedures. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  5. 5. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com BeforeTreatment The Rush Radiosurgery team of physicians, therapists and nurses are focused on your individualized plan for treatment. Below are some procedures that may be performed prior to your actualTrueBeam STx treatment. Every treatment plan is different and not all of these initial steps are necessary for every patient. The procedures required as part of your individualized treatment plan, and the order in which they will occur, will be explained during your consultation visit. CT Simulation A CT scan is needed prior to beginningTrueBeam STx treatment. Even if you recently had a CT scan as part of your diagnosis, a new one will be needed for the radiation oncologist and physicist to develop your customized treatment plan. Some patients may need a soft mesh mask or body cradle molded from a lightweight material that helps in theTrueBeam STx treatment process.The fitting is painless and is completed as part of the CT scan process. MR Imaging Sometimes special imaging procedures, such as an MRI, are needed in addition to the CT Scan.Your radiation oncologist will write specific directions on areas of your body that need to be imaged.The radiation oncologist also determines whether this procedure requires contrast material, a special dye put in your body that helps the radiologist locate the treatment area on your radiology films. Contrast material is available in IV and oral forms.
  6. 6. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com BeforeTreatment The Rush Radiosurgery team of physicians, therapists and nurses are centered on your individualized plan for treatment. Below are some procedures that may be performed prior to your actualTrueBeam STx treatment. Every treatment plan is different, and not all of these initial steps are necessary for every patient. The procedures required as part of your individualized treatment plan, and the order in which they will occur, will be explained during your consultation visit. Laboratory Studies The MRI procedure may require contrast material. If you need an MRI with contrast, we need to determine whether your kidneys can flush the dye out of your body.Your physician will order what’s known as a “BUN” and a creatinine blood test.The test results determine whether your kidneys can handle the dye on their own or you need IV fluids to help flush out the dye. Tissue Markers Depending on your individual case, you made need small tissue markers known as fiducials implanted in or near the tumor site. Fiducials help theTrueBeam STx system precisely target the treatment area.A physician implants the fiducials in or near the tumor site in a brief outpatient procedure.We will schedule this procedure and provide instructions for preparation. If needed, fiducial placement takes place prior to the CT scan.
  7. 7. DuringTreatment Patients are asked to wear comfortable clothing duringTrueBeam STx treatments. Jewelry is acceptable unless it is close to the area being treated. For example, we ask that earrings and necklaces be removed prior to treatment of tumors within the head and neck. Most of all, relax!This is a painless procedure. A radiation therapist will help you onto the treatment table and fit the mask or body mold if needed. Patients are observed throughout the treatment on closed- circuit television, and they can pause treatment at any time by waving or speaking to the therapist. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  8. 8. DuringTreatment There’s no sedation or anesthesia required. Sometimes patients take naps during their procedures. Feel free to bring an MP3 player or your favorite music CDs with you on the day of your treatment, and we will play them for you during the procedure.We also have a music software program in which you can select your favorite genre of music to be played during the treatment session. While theTrueBeam STx advanced tracking system accounts for movements like breathing, you’re asked to lie still during treatments.The system periodically takes x- ray images and compares them to the CT scan data to make sure the radiation beam is locked on the tumor.Treatment procedures take about 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of your tumor. Patients are usually allowed to leave the center once treatment is complete and return to their normal routines. If your physician prescribes treatment that is fractionated, or divided into stages, you’ll need to return for up to four more treatments, depending on the treatment plan. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  9. 9. AfterTreatment Recovery from aTrueBeam STx procedure can be immediate, given both the low risk of complications and the lack of damage to healthy tissue. In most cases, you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately following the procedure. After completing yourTrueBeam STx treatment, we’ll need to see you for follow-up imaging and physician consultation to monitor your progress.You will have an individualized plan for follow-up that will be coordinated by a nurse in collaboration with the physicians involved in your care. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  10. 10. Real patients. Real results. “TrueBeam STx treatment was a piece of cake. It was much quicker and more comfortable than other treatments I had undergone, and it treated the tumors without damaging any other tissue.” NoreenT. 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com
  11. 11. Our Center Under the direction of medical director Dr.Aidnag Diaz, Rush Radiosurgery brings together experienced physicians and the latest medical advances to provide patients with exceptional care. Our cancer treatment facility opened in March 2012 on the campus of Rush University Medical Center. Our doctors are board-certified in radiation oncology and have several areas of specialty, including head and neck cancers, brain tumors, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Medical Director: Dr.Aidnag Diaz Radiation Oncologist: Dr. David Sher TrueBeam STx Nurse: Debbie Gonzalez Connect'with'us' ! 500 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 942-4600 www.rushradiosurgery.com

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