CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative performs first SBRT

CMH Radiation Therapy Team

From left to right, the team that helped administer the first SBRT at CMH: Jessica McCombs, Dr. Sahar Rosenbaum, Connie Prince, Dr. Pehr Hartvigson, Melissa Bilyeu, Chris Laman, Barb Agrimson, Erik Thorsen and Leticia Rico.

Major milestone for Astoria clinic and patients in Clatsop County

ASTORIA, Ore. — In late October, the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative performed its first spine stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) procedure. This procedure, which is new to the cancer center, administers a high dose of radiation using various intensities aimed at different angles, minimizing damage to healthy tissue. SBRT uses a sophisticated computerized system to match a three-dimensional outline of the tumor so that the radiation can be more precisely delivered to the cancer cells.  

“This procedure is amazingly complex and requires a team including a physicist, dosimetrist, radiation therapists and a radiation oncologist,” said Dr. Pehr Hartvigson, CMH radiation oncologist. “Patients needing this therapy have had to travel to Portland to have this treatment, and we are thrilled to be able to bring the technology to Clatsop County.”

As a part of National Radiologic Technology Week and in celebration of this accomplishment, CEO Erik Thorsen presented the providers and staff with Planetree CEO Coins thanking them for providing excellent person-centered care and improving lives here in Astoria.  

If you would like to know more about the SBRT procedure or the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, please contact the center at 503-338-4085 or Director of Communications Nancee Long at 503-338-4650.