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About GTx
Learn more about this revolutionary cancer treatment
Guided Therapeutics Program – GTx:
The great leap forward in cancer treatment, pioneered at Princess Margaret Hospital

“As a cancer surgeon and as someone who has seen this technology at work, I can honestly say it’s remarkable. Image Guided surgery will save lives.”

Dr. Jonathan Irish
C-arm, portable imaging equipment that rotates around the patient on the operating table
C-arm, portable imaging equipment that rotates around the patient on the
operating table

Imagine a new treatment that can help surgeons precisely target a cancer tumour and preserve the healthy tissue around it. Such a treatment offers the hope of a better quality of life for patients, both during and after treatment and ultimately, could help them conquer cancer.

The eyes of the surgeon. The scalpels of tomorrow.

Dr. Jaffray explaining the C-arm
Dr. Jaffray explaining the C-arm
At Princess Margaret Hospital, a unique team of researchers and doctors did much more than imagine: they moved forward to turn this dream into reality through the Guided Therapeutics Program, also known as GTx.

This innovative breakthrough was pioneered at PMH and holds great promise for patients diagnosed with all types of tumour based cancer. GTx provides real-time 3D images of tumours during surgery, allowing surgeons to completely resect tumours without damaging healthy tissue.


Our Goals:
By the end of 2007, Princess Margaret Hospital’s GTx research team aims to help cancer patients at PMH to benefit from this new technology through clinical trials by:
  • Creating a GTx Lab at the MaRS Centre/Discovery Tower, adjacent to burgeoning research projects in drug development, regenerative medicine, imaging, and radiation therapy. The GTx Lab will be the first facility of its kind in Canada, offering an essential research environment for our long-term vision of conquering cancer.
  • Increasing the speed of the GTx imaging system so that 3D images can be viewed by the surgeon within one minute.
  • Improving image quality through enhancements to the surgical C-arm – sophisticated, portable imaging equipment that rotates around the patient on the operating table to give the full 3D view of the patient’s anatomy during surgery.
For more information about GTx, visit Q & A.
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