The UCSD Department of Radiation Oncology, in conjunction with the UCSD Medical Center and School of Medicine, has broken ground for construction of a radiation oncology center at the San Diego Cancer Center in Encinitas.
The new center will feature the Trilogy linear accelerator, the same technology used at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center in La Jolla. The Trilogy by Varian Inc., offers precision, power and speed in pinpointing and destroying tumors deep inside the body. It has the ability to conform the radiation dose to the exact size and shape of a tumor in three dimensions, reducing doses to adjacent healthy tissue. Such treatment reduces the risk of toxicity and provides the ability to safely deliver higher than conventional doses, improving long-term tumor control.
Arno J. Mundt, M.D., professor and chair of the UCSD Department of Radiation Oncology and member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, and Mary Ann Rose, M.D., who will be the center’s medical director, are already seeing patients for consultations and follow-up visits in clinical space UCSD is sub-leasing from the San Diego Cancer Center, at 1200 Garden View Road in Encinitas.
The new construction, estimated to take approximately six months, will involve excavating adjacent space to house the Trilogy linear accelerator.