WisBusiness: Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin have launched a large-scale study of a new method for treating cancer

WisBusiness: Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin have launched a large-scale study of a new method for treating cancer

The MOMENTUM study — which stands for Multiple Outcome Evaluation of Radiation Therapy Using the MR-Linac — focuses on treatment with a machine called Elekta Unity. The goal is to learn more about magnetic resonance radiation therapy in hopes of incorporating it into clinical practice.

The Elekta Unity machine can deliver precise doses of radiation while also creating detailed internal images of the patient’s tumors. The new study will collect data on tumor control rates, quality of life and other outcomes.

According to a release, the machine can treat cancers that are normally hard to reach with radiation, such as mobile areas including the lung or upper abdomen, or parts of the body that are sensitive to radiation such as the stomach, heart or brain.

William Hall is an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology and surgery, and one of the principal investigators of the study, which he says takes a “unique approach.”

“It is prospectively collecting data from this new piece of treatment technology, versus waiting until after the technology has been implemented into the clinic, which is usually the case,” Hall said.

MCW is one of seven founding members of the MR-linac Consortium, a group of cancer institutions that are collaborating on the MOMENTUM study. Altogether, these organizations will collect data from around 6,000 patients over five years.

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