Cancer Center

Rosen Presents Radiosurgery Research at National Physics Conference

September 12, 2012

Lane R. Rosen, M.D.Lane Rosen, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, presented research on lung cancer treated with radiosurgery or SBRT at the Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology in Chicago earlier this month.

Rosen, along with radiation oncology resident and former LSU medical student D. Hunter Boggs, M.D. and LSU medical student Ben Fischer-Valuck, presented a series of abstracts and posters related to their treatment approach. The research shows improvement in radiosurgery technique and the importance of PET scans following radiosurgery in the lung.

Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has established a leading SBRT program in the United States, which is used as a model for other facilities. Willis-Knighton has treated hundreds of patients using SBRT since pioneering the treatment method using TomoTherapy®. Willis-Knighton’s data includes one of the largest groups of patients treated with radiosurgery for lung cancer at a single institution in the nation.

Radiation oncologists at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center have developed a reputation for advanced radiation therapy cancer treatment, beginning in 2003 when the center became the first site in Louisiana and only the fourth in the nation to offer TomoTherapy® Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

Willis-Knighton continues its leadership in cancer care with the addition of a proton therapy center now under construction. There are currently 10 proton therapy systems in the country and the system at Willis-Knighton will be the first of its kind in the world.