WL Nugent Cancer Center uses new treatment device for safer breast radiation

Published by The Bee News

February 25, 2021

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WL Nugent Cancer Center uses new treatment device for safer breast radiation

Kingman, Arizona, February 25, 2021 – KRMC’s WL Nugent Cancer Center has begun using a special device called a prone breast board for radiation treatment of breast cancer.

With this board, patients who need radiation treatment of the breast(s) can lie in a prone position facing down, rather than in a supine position facing upward. This allows for a more precisely targeted treatment – delivering less radiation to healthy tissues and organs surrounding the cancer, says Dr. Michael Payne, radiation oncologist at WL Nugent Cancer Center.

“The board allows us to further protect the heart and lungs of patients who need breast radiation, which decreases the chance of late side effects from the radiation. With this, we can continue to provide patients in Kingman with state-of-the-art cancer treatments.” said Dr. Payne.

The prone board was purchased through community donations to the KRMC Foundation. “It’s so important for our community to know that your support truly does make a difference for our patients,” said Meagan Flummer, director of WL Nugent Cancer Center.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 270 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.

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