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Published on March 01, 2016

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Many hospitals treat cancer. But not all of them have state-of-the art treatments, highly skilled doctors and compassionate care.

You’ll find all of those things at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

“You don’t have to leave the community to get great cancer care,” says Usha Babaria, MD, a radiation oncologist at Mercy Fitzgerald. “We have advanced technologies here and a variety of cancer specialists, depending on what you need.”

Just as important, “You get individualized treatment—you aren’t a number,” she says. “Patients who come to Mercy Fitzgerald say they’re glad they decided to be treated here and not go anywhere else.”

That great cancer care includes:

  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments 
  • Surgeons skilled in treating breast, colon and other cancers
  • Access to clinical trials and studies
  • A cancer nurse to help guide you through treatment

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Work is underway to also install a new linear accelerator at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. This high-tech machine is equipped with the latest in cancer-fighting capabilities and delivers a specialized type of radiation called stereotactic radiation.

“It lets us give higher doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and at the same time protect normal tissues,” Dr. Babaria explains.

This new tool is used to treat certain lung or other tumors in patients who can’t have surgery. “It gives excellent results without having surgery,” Dr. Babaria says.

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