Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
April 26, 2008
Albany -- New technology allowing doctors to better treat cancer will be right here in Southwest Georgia.
"It has the capability for more accurately, more precisely targeting the tumor and more precisely blocking out the structures that we don't want to treat," said Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Charles Mendenhall.
"We will be able to do a lot more intricate cancers that are in real hard places to get to," said Director of Radiation and Oncology of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Linda VanderMerwe.
This three and a half million dollar TomoTherapy Unit is the first of its kind in Georgia. "It will allow us to go to a higher dose with more control rate with a particular type of tumor. And give us the ability to deliver the treatment at a higher degree of safety," said Dr. Mendenhall.
The unit will work like a cat scan. "It rotates 360 degrees and is constantly turning on and off. And its all computer driven," said Dr. Mendenhall.
But not every patient receiving radiation will be able to get this treatment. "With our other machines treatment takes two to three minutes. This takes 15 to 20 minutes and sometimes people can't lay that flat for that long," said VanderMerwe.
But for those who can, they won't have to go to Atlanta or out of the state. "It's a big step forward for this area of the country. And our patients deserve it," said Dr. Mendenhall.
"If you have to introduce them to having to travel outside of the area. That is very stressful and financially straining. And having this local helps us take that piece of the pie out," said VanderMerwe.
And will be one less thing to worry about during what can be a very strenuous and difficult experience.
Doctors and hospital staff hope to have the TomoTherapy Unit ready for cancer patients to use by June.