Nov 28, 2018
First radiation treatment delivered at Avera Cancer Institute in Pierre
The oncology team at Avera Cancer Institute in Pierre delivered the first radiation treatment in the new Helmsley Center Wednesday, reports Dakota Radio Group. Just over two years ago, Avera announced plans to build the Helmsley Center and expand the cancer care services available in Pierre to include radiation oncology. The Helmsley Center houses a fully digital linear accelerator, which provides radiation-based cancer treatments, a service that has not been available anywhere in the central part of the state. Radiation oncologist Dr. Daniel Tackett said radiation-based cancer treatment is often a daily treatment and can take several weeks to complete. He said with the Elekta linear accelerator his team can deliver higher doses of radiation with greater precision, all while protecting the surrounding organs.
Tackett said the expanded services offered at the Helmsley Center will continue to strengthen health care in the region.