Moffitt Cancer Center Unveils Advanced Technology at Radiation Oncology Open House

May 07, 2009

Tampa, FLMoffitt Cancer Center invites the community to the grand opening of its radiation oncology expansion from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21. A wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m. will be followed by a radiation oncology overview and a behind-the-scenes tour for guests. Please R.S.V.P. by May 14 to Sharon Masters at (813) 745-5709 or

Department Chair Craig W. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., and the radiation oncology staff will introduce the Varian Trilogy unit, the latest technology available for radiation therapy in cancer. Two new units have been installed in the expanded radiation oncology section of the south expansion at Moffitt. The goal of radiation oncology is to focus high-energy beams into the body to destroy cancer cells while minimizing the effects on healthy tissue. The Varian Trilogy unit is noted for its precision in delivering radiation to patients within a shorter time frame.

“The Trilogy is a culmination of decades of development,” said Barry Asch, department administrator of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt. “The radiotherapy system combines the capabilities of other external beam radiation technologies all in one state-of-the-art machine. It allows for treatment in a variety of ways: 3-D conformal, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), rotational IMRT, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), adaptive radiotherapy and gated delivery.”

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.