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Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that it has been selected as a clinical trial site for Alpha DaRT™, an investigational treatment for recurrent skin cancers. Bassett Cancer Institute has received regulatory approval to conduct the trial and is the only site statewide outside New York City.

Alpha DaRT™ is designed to deliver a highly potent radiation treatment for solid cancer tumors. While local radiation therapy has been a mainstay of cancer therapy for years, it has been mostly limited to modalities using beta or gamma emissions. Alpha DaRT™ (Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Therapy) is the first localized anticancer therapy to leverage the specific therapeutic properties of alpha particles to treat solid tumors.

Due to the inherent limited range of the alpha particles, the Alpha DaRT™ technology, directly inserted into a tumor, has the potential to kill cancerous cells with localized precision without damaging surrounding healthy tissues.

Dr. Timothy Korytko

“We are proud to be chosen as the first clinical trial site for Alpha DaRT™ statewide outside of New York City,” said Dr. Timothy Korytko, Chief Radiation Oncologist at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Bassett Cancer Institute’s full team of nationally accredited medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, as well as oncology-certified registered nurses, provide the highest standard of care to our patients in Central New York State and beyond.”

“Bassett is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the people and the region we serve. Bringing advanced care to our rural communities is central to our mission,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are honored to join an esteemed group of healthcare institutions nationwide as a clinical trial site for a promising treatment option.”

“Bassett Healthcare Network was chosen as one of the select U.S. centers to enroll patients in this pivotal clinical trial because of its outstanding reputation. We are excited to collaborate with Dr. Korytko and his team to explore this new treatment option,” said Uzi Sofer, Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Tau Medical LTD.

Continually advancing its mission of patient care, Bassett also recently began offering radiopharmaceutical treatments with two new therapies: Lutathera, a groundbreaking pharmaceutical radiation therapy that can dramatically improve outcomes for patients with neuroendocrine cancer, and Pluvicto, a targeted treatment for metastatic prostate cancer.

Additional information about Alpha DaRT™ is available here.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Bassett Healthcare Network is an equal opportunity provider and employer.