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.

NonInvasive

Radiotherapy through Halcyon is not surgery, so there are no incisions, and there is no post-surgery recovery period.

Fast

Halcyon was designed to provide treatment quickly and efficiently. Imaging can be completed in about 15 seconds, and treatments are typically completed in just nine steps.

Comfortable

Since Halcyon uses a quiet, water-cooled system, the treatment room can be kept at a much more comfortable temperature. Advancements like a spacious opening, ambient lighting, and low treatment couch position work to keep you as comfortable during treatment as possible.

Precise

Thanks to Halcyon’s leading-edge, dual- layer multileaf collimator (MLC)—the device that shapes the beam—the tumor can be targeted with pinpoint precision.

Comprehensive

Halcyon can treat most disease sites, including the brain, the head and neck, the prostate, the lungs, and the breasts.

Safety-conscious

Patient safety is of utmost importance. To create a closer connection between you and your therapist during treatment, Halcyon includes an integrated camera and intercom, so your therapist can watch over you and speak with you at all times.

TREATING CANCER WITH HALCYON, STEP BY STEP

01

VISUALIZATION

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.

02

PLANNING

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.

03

DELIVERY

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.

04

FOLLOW-UP

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.

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