(Mount Laurel, New Jersey) Cooper University Hospital is now offering a ground breaking cancer treatment tool. CyberKnife technology, one of the most advanced options in radiosurgery treatment for cancer patients is the first and only radiosurgery system designed to pinpoint and destroy tumors anywhere in the body. The addition of the new Cyber Knife facility, located in Mount Laurel, N.J., makes Cooper the only hospital in the Delaware Valley to have both CyberKnife and Gamma Knife radiosurgery devices. These complementary technologies use highly accurate (sub-millimeter) beams of radiation to destroy cancer cells.
“By having both types of non-invasive technologies available, Cooper’s radiosurgery program addresses tumor treatment for the entire body,” said Simon J. Samaha, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Cooper. “Our expert clinicians work collaboratively to determine the best application for the individual patient. No other institution in the Delaware Valley can do this.”
These technologies are being used at Cooper to treat cancers of the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate.
“The accuracy of the CyberKnife to reach tumors that may have been untreatable before is truly remarkable,” said Tamara LaCouture, M.D., Director of the Cooper CyberKnife center and Acting Chief of Radiation Oncology. “It is a precise, painless, non-invasive radiation treatment that can be an alternative to conventional surgery for patients with tumors considered inoperative or difficult to remove. The CyberKnife may also be used to treat patients who have been previously exposed to the maximum allowable dose of radiation but require further treatment.”
During the CyberKnife procedure, the patient lies comfortably on the treatment table. Using image-guided technology and computer-controlled robotics, the CyberKnife System is designed to continuously track, detect and correct for tumor and patient movement throughout the treatment. As a result, CyberKnife treatment does not require invasive head or body frames to stabilize patient movement. The CyberKnife immediately and automatically adjusts to compensate for any patient movement during treatment. Treatments generally last between 30 and 90 minutes and are typically completed in one to five visits within the same week. Anesthesia is not required, as the procedure is painless and non-invasive. There is also no recovery time associated with CyberKnife. Patients can resume their activities immediately following treatment.
Cooper has one of the most comprehensive radiation oncology programs in the area – with the most advanced treatment tools and experienced radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists and nurses.
To schedule an appointment with a Cooper University Physician, please call 1-800-8-COOPER (1-800-826-6737) to speak with a member of our physician referral and information service.