Kahu Roy Newton, a cancer survivor, led a Hawaiian blessing of the newly renovated Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui on June 1.
The cancer center hosted an open house that drew dozens of former patients to see the facility's $7 million renovations and its new TrueBeam Stx. The radiosurgery system uses sophisticated imaging and "respiration synchronization" to target cancerous tissue and deliver faster and higher doses of radiation to small, precisely defined areas, even in moving parts of the body, such as the lungs.
The TrueBeam system is the first and only such cancer treatment system in Hawaii, according to the institute.
Radiation therapist Timothy Dahms demonstrates how the TrueBeam STx provides faster and more precise treatment of tumors at a June 1 open house at the Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui.
Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui photo
Newton blessed the new equipment and renovated offices using water for cleansing and salt "for the preservations of all things good," accompanied by institute founder and President Dr. Bobby Baker.
Newton recalled receiving treatment at the institute for tongue cancer and praised staff members for their work.
"Each one treated me as if I were the only one who mattered most," Newton said.
Maui Memorial Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo called Baker a pioneer who is leading the state in providing cutting-edge cancer treatment.
"What he really wants to do is make a big difference in people's lives, and this is a manifestation of the heart of Dr. Baker," Lo said.
Bringing the TrueBeam technology to Maui could have meant relocating the Pacific Cancer Institute, but Baker said it was decided to keep it at Maui Memorial's property in Wailuku because radiation treatment would then be more readily accessible to hospitalized patients and doctors treating them.
Physicians have the convenience of being able to drop by the cancer institute for patient consultations.
For more information about the institute, call 242-2600 or go online to www.pacificcancerinstitute.com.