Accuray debuts new cancer patient websites

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The Internet is one of the first places patients turn to for healthcare information after receiving a cancer diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society. Accuray Inc. has launched and to provide an additional resource for cancer patients to turn to for information about their disease and potential treatment options. Enhanced functionality and ease-of-use puts the information patients need at their fingertips.

"Patients have told us they want concise information on potential treatment options that is easy to understand, and they want to hear from others who can share their real-world experiences," said Susan Hopkins, Chief Marketing Officer at Accuray. "We're committed to providing cancer patients with educational tools and resources which will enable them, in conversation with their physicians, to make the treatment decisions that are right for them. We are launching these new patient websites along with a major update to our website as well."

The CyberKnife, TomoTherapy and Radixact Systems enable physicians to deliver precise, non-invasive radiation treatment options while minimizing side effects, helping to improve quality of life. The product websites feature a variety of resources, including:

  • Overview of radiation therapy
  • Step-by-step guide through the CyberKnife, TomoTherapy and Radixact System treatment processes
  • Location finder providing patients and caregivers with a quick way to find the closest treatment center
  • Patient narratives offering real-life, first-hand stories of experiences being treated with the CyberKnife System and the TomoTherapy System, including photos and videos
  • Robust Resources sections with five key functions: Find a Doctor, For Family & Friends, About Insurance, Glossary, and Frequently Asked Questions

"Following successful treatment with the CyberKnife System for a tumor on my spine, I gained a new perspective on life. I want to help other people who, like me, are given a frightening diagnosis. In addition to volunteering, I decided to share my story on," said Maria H. "The new website has the information I would want as a patient considering treatment, and is really easy to navigate. I feel good about sending people to the site and hope my story inspires others who find themselves in a similar situation."

By 2030, the global cancer incidence rate is projected to reach 25 million. Radiotherapy (RT) is a fundamental component of oncology care and an estimated 50% of cancer patients would benefit from radiotherapy for treatment of localized disease, local control, and palliation.

"When my doctor diagnosed me with multiple myeloma I remember saying to myself, 'I refuse to die. I want to learn as much as I can about my condition.' Coming to grips with cancer is difficult but can be easier when advanced treatment options are identified. The Internet is an important resource for information that can help patients make a decision," said Carol R. "I recommend visiting the new website. It's filled with information a potential patient might need to help them, in discussion with their doctor, to decide if it's the right treatment for them. The patient stories, mine included, provide a real-world perspective on what to expect from a TomoTherapy treatment."

As stated in a company news release, the Radixact Treatment Delivery System is the next generation TomoTherapy platform, designed to enable doctors to more efficiently and effectively deliver precise radiation treatments to more patients. The system offers doctors the opportunity to improve the cancer treatment experience throughout a patient's treatment journey, including when retreatment is necessary.

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Accuray debuts new cancer patient websites .  Appl Rad Oncol. 

By News Release| March 02, 2017

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