rcc subhead new


Introducing Stereotactic Radiosurgery to Our Region

Offering the Latest Advance in Cancer Treatment

The Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center (RCC) has introduced stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to the Fredericksburg region. RCC is the only cancer center offering this procedure within a 60-mile radius and only one of 12 worldwide using this highly advanced level of SRS technology.

SRS is managed by the Regional Cancer Center's experienced physicians experienced in radiation therapy, neurosurgery, and thoracic surgery. 

One of the most recent major medical advances in fighting cancer, SRS has revolutionized brain and lung cancer treatments. It's unusual for a regional cancer center to offer such a high level of cancer treatment. This level of radiation therapy is typically only found in large metropolitan areas, and academic healthcare centers.

SRS is performed using the Varian TrueBeam™ system, the most advanced radiation technology. TrueBeam and SRS are offered at the Mary Washington Hospital Radiation Oncology center located in the new cancer services building on the Mary Washington Hospital campus.

SRS is a non-surgical procedure for patients who need very precise targeting when radiation therapy or invasive surgery poses too significant a risk for damaging surrounding tissue or organs, a complication most often found in brain and lung cancer. It is also highly effective in treating difficult-to-reach tumors in the brain and lungs.

Benefits of the new SRS capabilities include:

  • Virtual elimination of collateral radiation to healthy surrounding tissue in vital organs.
  • Significant reduction in the risks of traditional neurosurgery and lung surgery, eliminating long, multiple hour surgeries.
  • Elimination of the side effects of invasive surgery.
  • Shortened treatment sessions and duration of treatment.

Excellent Physicians Specialize in SRS Treatment

Lead radiation oncology physician, John C. Chinault, MD, offers a uniquely beneficial advantage: an earlier career as a physicist compelled him to earn his MD in radiation oncology. He was instrumental in bringing SRS to the region.

G. Jeffrey Poffenbarger, MD, neurosurgeon and surgical director of radiosurgery, works with patients receiving SRS for brain surgery.

J. Timothy Sherwood, MD, fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, works with patients on the lung cancer procedure

Partnership with University of Virginia Health System

The Regional Cancer Center has partnered with the University of Virginia Health System, a recognized leader in radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery and a highly regarded teaching center, to develop clinical and administrative protocols.