CyberKnife approved as prostate cancer treatment.
4 CyberKnife treatments as effective as 40 standard.
The ETMC Cancer Institute has revolutionary news for East Texas
men facing prostate cancer: Treatment using the CyberKnife Robotic
Radiosurgery System has been approved for Medicare and insurance
reimbursement. Here's what that means to patients:
• Four CyberKnife treatments are just as effective as 40
treatments of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the
previous standard of radiation therapy. That's an obvious advantage
in convenience, especially for patients who must travel for
• CyberKnife therapy is noninvasive - patients don't even
have to change out of their street clothes to receive
• CyberKnife treatments at ETMC Tyler take an hour or less
and require no surgery or overnight hospital stay.
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• The world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat
tumors anywhere in the body
• High-dose radiation targets tumors with pinpoint accuracy and
without damaging healthy tissue
Prostate cancer screenings
• Recommended for all men age 50 or more
• Recommended at age 40 or more for African-American men and men
with a family history of the disease
CyberKnife: Pinpoint accuracy is dream come
It was a dream long shared by East Texas physicians and
patients: the ability to destroy even small, complex-shaped tumors
near critical structures, virtually anywhere in the body, without
affecting healthy tissues - or the patient's quality of life.
That dream became a reality with the first CyberKnife
stereotactic radiosurgery unit in East Texas. Located on the ETMC
campus, this remarkable advancement was made available to East
Texans through a collaborative effort between Tyler Neurosurgical
Associates and the ETMC Regional Healthcare System.
CyberKnife offers new hope to patients because it is so
precise it can target tumors with submillimeter accuracy,
delivering a very high dose of radiation to lesions while sparing
nearby normal tissue. What's more, it actually corrects for patient
movement during treatment. And unlike conventional stereotactic
radiosurgery, CyberKnife can be used to attack tumors not only in
the head, but in the chest, spine, abdomen - virtually anywhere in
the body. Best of all, the procedure is completely noninvasive.
Imagine: No incision. No anesthesia. No pain. No hospital
stay. No extended recovery period. No debilitating side effects.
Just a three-step outpatient process to image, plan and treat
benign or malignant lesions, with an immediate return to normal