Patients in West Georgia don’t need to drive to Atlanta for life-saving cancer care. The Enoch Callaway Cancer Center keeps quality care close to home and combines the resources of a large facility with the personalized, compassionate feel of a smaller location.
“One of my missions is to bring great cancer care to people close to where they live, so they can access that care much more easily,” said Wellstar Radiation Oncologist Dr. Robert Taylor. “To have Wellstar backing this world-class treatment, building this new cancer center and this fantastic team that we have, is absolutely stellar.”
At the Enoch Callaway Cancer Center at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center, patients will find the latest in technology and clinical trials, paired with expert providers who care for both their physical and mental well-being.
Eliminating tumors virtually
Cutting-edge technology at the Cancer Center allows providers to target tumors using X-ray technology, keeping the journey to living cancer-free painless for patients.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy takes about 30 minutes per treatment, with some patients requiring multiple treatments and others only needing one. It is most effective in early stage brain or lung cancer and can also be used to treat metastatic cancer.
“We’re able to use X-rays to very precisely target a tumor and literally kill that tumor inside there without the patient undergoing any surgery,” Dr. Taylor said. “Despite the name, there’s no cutting involved, and there’s no anesthesia involved.”
The patient lies on a table for the treatment, and “at the end of that 30 minutes, they will get up off that treatment table and walk out of the facility feeling the same as they did when they came in,” Dr. Taylor said.
“It’s absolutely miraculous to see people get off the table and know their brain tumor has been cured or their lung cancer has been cured,” Dr. Taylor said.