Advantages of the Halcyon System
The Halcyon system is the most recent advancement from Varian. Its leading-edge technology precisely targets the tumor while providing a treatment environment that’s quieter and more comfortable than ever before.
TREATING CANCER WITH HALCYON, STEP BY STEP
Imaging is important in order to visualize the tumor and accurately target it. Detailed 3-D images enable your doctor to know its exact size, shape, and location in your body. This information helps determine the appropriate dose of radiation and how to deliver it most effectively.
Using the 3-D images as their guide, your treatment team will develop a detailed plan that specifies the amount of radiation the cancer cells should receive and from what angles. A schedule for treatment will also be developed during this phase.
The radiation is delivered by a machine called a linear accelerator (linac), which rotates around you as it projects the beam. With Halcyon, the rotating beam gantry is enclosed within the opening (the bore) so you won’t see anything rotating around you.
After your treatment, you’ll see your doctor for follow-up care. During this time, he or she will monitor your progress. Take this opportunity to ask your doctor any questions about your treatments, the status of your health, and any side-effects you may be experiencing.