'Miracle machine' doesn't take the good with the bad

For example, Desjardins said, with a prostate cancer patient, you can tattoo the patient and pelvis, but depending on bowel and bladder activity, the prostate is subject to move on any given day at any given time.

"So in order to actually treat that target, physicians build a volume much greater than that which needs treatment," Desjardins said. The Radiarc then decreases that volume by decreasing the margins in which radiation is applied, therefore decreasing complications that could ensue if the patient's rectal or bladder areas " both within relative proximity to the prostate " are exposed to radiation.

Radiarc also provides a quicker treatment time, which means there is less of a possibility that the patient will get antsy and move their body on their own.

"The patient has to lie on the table from anywhere to 10 to 20 minutes for the other treatment," said Puranik. "This will be done in two minutes [with Radiarc]."

Puranik said the outcome of Radiarc treatment should not yield any different results in terms of a quicker cure rate than typical image-guided radiation therapy, but that it is simply more pleasant for the patient.

Shorkey said he does not mind going in for his treatment and that, "it's not a noisy machine."

For Shorkey, Radiarc treatment is the only one he has ever known, as he happened to be the first patient to ever receive Radiarc radiation therapy, not only in the clinic, but in all of Upstate New York.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is the best option," said Shorkey. Shorkey has just finished up his 22nd week of treatment, and has less than two dozen left before, as Puranik assured him, he is 100 percent cancer-free.

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