Medical Update: LMC and ACS team up for Cancer treatment
Apr 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM CST
Apr 29, 2013
Updates in cancer fighting technology at LMC, combined with their relationship with the American Cancer Society, means comprehensive care for patients. LMC opened their doors for cancer services in 1999, and the Director of Radiation Oncology, Pedro Soto, says the advancements keep coming. "We're going to be the only one in a 300 mile radius with this service, not San Antonio, not Austin, not the valley, has this system." He's talking about a new machine used in radiation therapy that better targets the cancer, meaning less side effects for patients. "Before where we used to have a tumor, a fixed tumor, and we would focus the radiation on that tumor, we wouldn't take into account the respiration or the movement of the tumor, with this new system, we are able to track the tumors so the radiation is always focused on the tumor." More advancement in cancer treatment, means better survival rates, something Soto knows about personally. He had a niece diagnosed with leukemia when she was only 9 years old. "She went through chemo, she went through some radiation, but she never... going through chemotherapy is very hard, it's basically poisoning your body with medications, she's in her early 30s. She was told back then, when she was 10 years old, that she was never going to have a family. Well I'm happy to say that she has four kids, so cancer can be beat, cancer can be survived." Along with adequate treatment, patients also need a good support system, and Soto says the American Cancer Society helps them provide that through a resource room at the hospital, open to anyone, and through support groups. LMC and the ACS help provide wigs and breast prostheses for patients. "She goes in she teaches them how to do, apply the wig, how to apply makeup and that group in itself helps them, I guess survive, cope with the disease." "Sometimes they come in and they see people who are going through the same thing, and they have something in common with that person." The resource room at LMC is also open to anyone in the public who wants to know more about preventing cancer.