Sentara Martha Jefferson HealthWise: Calypso for lung

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is the first in the state to use Calypso for lung, a ground breaking radiation technology that precisely controls and targets tumors in the lung.

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When patients breathe, the tumor in their lung will move, making it difficult to precisely target the tumor, which can potentially damage the surrounding healthy tissue.

Now, the Calypso system for lung minimizes that risk with its groundbreaking technology.

Electromagnetic beacons are placed around the tumor and become activated during therapy to pinpoint the exact location of the tumor and track its movement.

"This allows radiation oncologists to do very high dose, short course treatment, which have a higher cure rate," radiation oncologist, Dr, Anthony Crimaldi said. "And Calypso allows us to use smaller treatment fields, thus decreasing the side effects of the treatment."

When the tumor moves outside of the target range, the radiation beam will shut off, which helps protect the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

"It's used for early-stage lung cancers, usually stage one or stage two and people that are not surgical candidates or patients that do not want surgery and would rather have short course radiation," Crimaldi said.

The Calypso system has been used to help treat prostate cancer and lesions in the liver, but now with FDA approval for lung cancer treatment, Crimaldi predicts it will be the largest area of treatment moving forward.

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