The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper – CyberKnife® team recently treated its 1000th patient, Mrs. Barbara Stein. Mrs. Stein, a resident of Gladwyne, PA, was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer and received four CyberKnife treatments – the only treatment she will need for her cancer.
Since opening in 2008, the center has drawn patients from southern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, Delaware and even as far as Florida.
“Reaching this milestone in patient care is a proud moment for our program,” says Generosa Grana, MD. “It is a testament to the experience and expertise of our team.”
Dr. Grana says, “CyberKnife represents the most precise technology in radiation therapy today, with excellent outcomes and minimal side effects. We are honored by the patients who choose us for their care, and we look forward to helping the next 1,000 patients face the challenge of their cancers.”
CyberKnife robotic technology provides stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). During these procedures, precisely targeted, high-dose radiation beams are delivered to tumors throughout the body without sedation or incision while radiation exposure to healthy tissue around a tumor is minimized.
Tumors and lesions treated using CyberKnife technology include brain, lung, liver, pancreas, prostate, spine and pelvic tumors. In addition to these primary sites, other cancer sites may be eligible for CyberKnife treatment, depending on the specific medical condition of a patient and the recommendation of their physician.
Clinical data has shown SRS/SBRT to be an effective treatment for inoperable and high-risk patients with primary or metastatic tumors, or tumors located close to critical organs or in areas of the body that were previously irradiated.
More than one-third of MD Anderson Cooper CyberKnife patients have been treated for lung cancer since the program’s inception. Over the last two years, that number has risen to 50 percent.
MD Anderson Cooper CyberKnife services are provided in our dedicated facility in Mount Laurel, NJ.
Wendy A. Marano