cancer center earns rigorous certification

Mary Washington Healthcare’s Regional Cancer Center has become the first Novalis Certified Cancer Center in Virginia.

The certification process, conducted by an independent, third-party panel of experts in radiation therapy, means the radiosurgery program meets or exceeds standards for quality and patient safety.

Stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation are treatments that use high doses of radiation to destroy cancer, often in the brain and lungs. Unlike conventional radiation, fewer treatment doses are needed.

Targeted tumors are destroyed to the point where the results can be compared with surgery—without the trauma of cutting through healthy brain or other structures to reach the tumor, said John Chinault, medical director of radiation oncology at the center.

As a Novalis-certified program, the MWHC Regional Cancer Center is able to share information with other leading cancer programs worldwide on treating cancer and improving current techniques and safety.

—Cathy Dyson

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