A new $10 million dollar cancer therapy at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will revolutionize cancer treatment in the Gulf South.
The Baton Rouge location will be one of six in the entire country to offer the Adaptive Radiation Technology.
Dr. Kos Kovtun, a radiation oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, says that this technology will allow cancer treatment to be safer and more effective.
“With technology like this, we should be able to get the radiation dose to a higher level in order to cure more patients,” Kovtun said.
Dr. Kovtun says that although the cancer center is small, their partnership with LSU physics allows for this technology to be possible.
“Because we have an academic physics program, we’re able to combine this really strong cancer center we have at Mary Bird Perkins together with the academic powerhouse that is LSU to really bring this together in a very unique way,” Kovtun said.
Radiation therapist Morgan Wiley said that this unique treatment program will set Mary Bird Perkins apart from other cancer centers.
“We hope that this new Adaptive Therapy helps bring in new doctors and physicists to our program and we hope that this helps that survivorship of our patients and the outcomes from the treatment they receive,” Wiley said.
Wiley commented that LSU medical students will be able to experience this rare resource first-hand without even leaving Baton Rouge.
The Adaptive Radiation Therapy will arrive at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in the summer of 2022.