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Right Here: Advancements in the War on Cancer

There are moments in life you do not want to miss. Whether it is a lunch date with your best friend or seeing the birth of your grandchild, you look forward to and plan for these special moments. When diagnosed with cancer, your plans are immediately shattered. Questions flood your mind. You may believe the most advanced treatment is only available in large metro areas.

Traveling out of town for health care could burden you physically and financially as well as take time away from the moments you’ve worked so hard not to miss. Because that time is crucial to you and your loved ones, the accredited, comprehensive, W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System continues to make advancements in the fight against cancer. You don’t have to travel or even relocate to receive cutting-edge cancer care because it is offered right here in Texarkana.

Heavy Weaponry

The latest addition to our cancer center’s arsenal is the Varian TrueBeam® Linear Accelerator with rapid arc technology and body surface imaging. The community showed support of advancing health care in Texarkana by helping to fund this innovative technology, a $3 million investment, through the CHRISTUS St. Michael Foundation.

“This amazing technology enables us to treat more challenging cancer cases in the lung, breast, head and neck, abdomen, liver, prostate, and other regions with pinpoint accuracy and precision at higher levels than we could with our other linear accelerator, ” said Charlotte McKamie, RN,MSN,OCN, Director, Cancer Treatment Center.

Like previous generations of linear accelerators, the Varian TrueBeam® uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA. As technology has developed with the TrueBeam®, treatments have become more precise to ensure there is minimal damage to healthy cells during therapy.

Now a Home Defense

Along with the new Varian TrueBeam® Linear Accelerator, the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael offers the skilled expertise of Hesham Hazin, M.D, medical oncologist and Medical Director of the cancer center; nurse practitioner; certified medical physicist; certified medical dosimetrist; specially trained radiation therapists and oncology certified nurses; certified oncology social worker, genetic counselor and is the only cancer care facility within 75 miles of Texarkana to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons.

The team of experts, the technology, the knowledge, the skill, the compassion – all the components you need to fight cancer are provided here. More than that, your life, your loved ones and all of the reasons for fighting cancer are here.  CHRISTUS St. Michael offers the advanced care here so you can enjoy more of your life here.

Along with the new Varian TrueBeam® Linear Accelerator, the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael offers the skilled expertise of Charles Matthews, M.D., Chief Radiation Oncologist, and Hesham Hazin, M.D, medical oncologist and Medical Director of the cancer center that collaborate on cancer cases using the latest evidence based medicine. Accompanying us are highly trained nurse practitioners and nursing staff with years of oncology experience, genetics counsellors, nutritionists, and social workers.