Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center Only Facility in Houston to Offer the Varian Calypso System Tumor Tracking
Calypso® improves the accuracy of radiation dosing by tracking tumors in real time, helping to protect the healthy tissue around the tumor.
Houston (April 10, 2018) – Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Cancer Center is the first facility in the Houston area to offer The Calypso system tumor tracking from Varian Medical Systems for radiation oncology patients undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Calypso, which uses “GPS for the Body®” technology, tracks tumors in real time, including even the slightest movements, helping radiation oncology clinicians maintain their targets and helping to protect the surrounding healthy tissue.
Traditional radiation therapy has come a long way in targeting tumors while protecting healthy tissue. However, the addition of Calypso is a game-changer for areas of the body where motion is variable and unpredictable.
Calypso works in conjunction with the Varian Edge™ radiation system. While a patient is undergoing radiation therapy treatment, Calypso tracks the movement of the tumor target. If the system detects a movement, it communicates that information with the radiation system and automatically turns the radiation beam off until the target moves back into original location.
Radiation oncology clinicians are tasked not only with delivering the radiation treatment that patients need, but also with helping to reduce exposure of healthy tissue. In an area like the prostate, this is a challenge, because there is near-constant unintentional movement, such as the bladder or rectum filling or respiratory motion. Calypso helps track any movement and helps our clinicians deliver therapy precisely and accurately.
For now, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic will use Calypso tumor tracking for most patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment for prostate cancer. In the near future, the tracking system will be expanded to include other types and sites of cancer.