The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Natchez has made a significant enhancement to its oncology treatment program with the addition of the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator. The $3.6 million dollar, state-of-the-art linear accelerator employs cutting-edge technology to deliver tumor-shrinking radiation for the treatment of cancer patients.

This accelerator uses x-rays and electrons to penetrate and kill cancer cells. In addition, the unit is equipped with the most advanced guidance system available to help target the release of the radiation directly to the tumor cells while further protecting the patient's normal tissue.

"Our responsibility and mission is to deliver high-quality cancer care close to home for Dickson and the surrounding communities. This new, cutting-edge technology affords us that opportunity," said radiation oncologist, Craig Collie, M.D. "Of all the recent enhancements the hospital has made, this is by far the one I'm most excited about because of my passion for the treatment of our oncology patients."

In addition to a robust cancer program, new equipment and a tenured staff, patients now have access to a nurse navigator, Miranda England, RN. Miranda's responsibility is to educate and advocate for the patient and caregivers throughout their cancer care experience.

An open house was recently held to celebrate the recent upgrade. Tours were given and refreshments served to members of the community.

TriStar Horizon partners with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute to provide the best care for preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer, right here in Dickson County. For more information regarding cancer care, please visit TriStarHorizon.com.