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St. Vincent’s Hospital Unveils the CyberKnife

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

 

Saint Vincent Hospital is the first and only hospital in Central Massachusets to offer the CyberKnife to its patients. GoLocalWorcester was able to see this non-surgical tool in action.

The CyberKnife System provides a pain-free, non-surgical option for patients who have inoperable or complex tumors. It is non-invasive, requires no anesthesia and enables the patient to immediately return to normal activity.

It is designed as a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of certain cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. CyberKnife delivers high dose radiation to tumors with pin-point accuracy.

According to Mark Brenner, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology, “The CyberKnife will provide our surgeons with the choice that achieves the best possible outcome with the least risk for our patients.”

If a tumor is best removed surgically in the operating room, for example, there is that option to do so, but if a surgery is thought to be too risky, it can be done non-invasively with the surgeon working along side a radiation oncologist using the CyberKnife.

Dr. Brenner, who is leading Saint Vincent Hospital’s CyberKnife Center, has extensive CyberKnife experience dating back to 2003 and has treated nearly 600 patients and trained 200 physicians before coming to Saint Vincent Hospital from Baltimore.

The CyberKnife System uses state-of-the-art image-guided software. This cutting edge technology can track and continually adjust to any patient and/or tumor movement. “This means that the patient is able to relax and breathe normally during treatment,” explained Enzo Centofanti, Executive Director of Cancer Services at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Saint Vincent Hospital is the only hospital with the CyberKnife Center west of Boston through to New York State; north of Rhode Island and Connecticut; and on through to the Canadian border. 

 

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