Doctors at Saint Francis Healthcare System now treat cancer patients using the first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. The CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic RadioSurgery System is a non-surgical, pain-free treatment option for many patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who may be looking for an alternative to surgery.
The CyberKnife System offers unique capabilities that not only track tumor movement, but also automatically correct for motion throughout treatment. The ability to manage motion in real time helps ensure radiation is delivered only to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue. It is particularly helpful for treating tumors of the lung, liver and prostate, where movement is common. Research shows a reduction in radiation exposure to healthy tissue helps reduce side effects associated with treatment. In addition, the CyberKnife System’s robotic arm allows for the delivery of radiation from any angle without the need to reposition the patient on the treatment table. There are clinic research trials available.
Backed by numerous peer-reviewed studies supporting its safety and efficacy, the CyberKnife System provides a pain-free, non-invasive option for patients who are looking for an alternative to surgery and for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. In addition, the CyberKnife System is increasingly being used as an alternative to conventional radiation therapy, allowing for a shorter course of treatment. In fact, CyberKnife treatment is typically completed in just one to five days, instead of a week of treatment sessions often required with conventional radiation therapy, and, unlike surgery, requires no anesthesia or recovery time.
Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Cancer Institute offers comprehensive cancer care for patients throughout the five-state region. Board certified radiation, medical and gynecologic oncologists and a team of specialized nurses provide an integrated program of prevention, education, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care and support services. State-of-the-art diagnostics, such as P.E.T./CT; advanced treatment options including frameless stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Saint Francis’ cancer program has received the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer’s three-year reaccreditation with commendation.