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      State of the art cancer treatment

      It's the newest piece of medical technology at Munson Medical Center that's having a direct impact on cancer patients. The stereotactic radiosurgery device or SRS involves a faster and more accurate treatment.

      Dr. Benjamin Gielda, a radiation oncologist with Munson says the SRS provides patients with a close to home component, instead of having to travel several miles for life saving treatment.

      "There's no substitute for the support you can get from your family, from being in familiar surroundings. I don't think you can understate that. This machine is capable of performing virtually any type of radiation treatment in any part of the body as such it's a metaphor for the way we're offering top-flight cancer care, for cancers all over the body," says Dr. Gielda.

      "The patients most likely to benefit from this technology are those who require a high dose of radiation," says Dr. David Heimburger, the director of medical director of radiation oncology at Munson.

      He says the accuracy of the radiation has a major impact on cancer patients.

      "The benefit is high dosage into the target which minimizes and reduces the side effects. Depending on the site, it involves discussion amount the group of physicians for example when treating tumors of the brain or spine," says Dr. Heimburger.

      It's a team effort that's been in the works for almost 15 years. The staff started planning two years ago to get the SRS machine to where it is today.

      "In previous years, a machine we used to treat radiation. This machine has very fast on-board, x-ray imaging and much more accurate approach," says Dr. Heimburger.

      For more information about the SRS device,click here.