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Published on Jul 13, 2012
One of the first patients to be treated with Colorado's first TrueBeam STx documents his experience with the goal to give others an idea of what it's like. This prostate cancer patient and his doctor, Josh Petit, MD, medical director of radiation oncology at Poudre Valley Hospital Radiation Oncology, came up with a plan to use Dr. Petit's recently-purchased Go Pro camera and ski helmet to capture what the patient wanted to film and share. The patient wore the helmet cam from entering the radiation oncology clinic through to walking back out the door at the completion of his treatment. One of the patient's inspirations for the video came from wanting to share how relatively quick and easy the process proved to be. Before starting the project, the patient noted that his appointments, start-to-finish (he had gone through 2 weeks of his 9 weeks treatment plan when the video project began) took "about 13 minutes." In getting used to the helmet cam and learning whether the camera technology would even survive being exposed to the radiation treatment vault environment, the patient did four takes over a two week period. On the very first take, the patient was sitting up from the treatment at 13:01 minutes. Other successive takes were used to record audio, correct for a spent battery,and ultimately improve the camera angle to capture the footage shared in this video. Poudre Valley Hospital provides comprehensive radiation oncology care at its PVH Radiation Oncology clinic located at Harmony Campus in Fort Collins, CO. PVH Radiation Oncology is the first location in Colorado to offer the TrueBeam STx with Novalis Radiosurgery, the world's most advanced cancer treatment for radiation treatment and advanced radiosurgery. The TrueBeam STx can treat any tumor anywhere, and provides improved options for treating complex or advanced cancers with the utmost precision.