Higher accuracy, quicker recovery and less pain: a non-surgical way to remove tumors has been so dependable that Mercy is still celebrating its arrival—ten years later.
Mercy Hospital Springfield began offering the revolutionary, non-invasive CyberKnife® radiosurgery in 2005 and remains the only treatment site in southwest Missouri. Despite its name, the robotic procedure doesn’t involve any cutting; instead, it delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors in the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas or kidneys.
“It can deliver radiation in one to five treatments that conventional radiation delivers in four to six weeks,” said Dr. Jerry Jaboin, radiation oncologist. “It’s just as precise as a surgical procedure, and there are fewer side effects than conventional radiation because of the smaller volume of tissue treated.”
CyberKnife® uses guidance software to track and continually adjust treatment for any patient or tumor movement. Because it’s an outpatient procedure, there is no need for a lengthy hospital stay and the recovery period is much shorter – and many times nonexistent.
“The bottom line is we’re getting patients back on their feet, and doing it so much quicker,” Dr. Jaboin said. “It helps that we’re blessed with a fantastic group of Mercy oncologists, therapists and surgeons working daily on this program.”
There are only four CyberKnife® treatment sites in Missouri, and approximately 150 in the United States.
While there is research continuing on what can be treated with CyberKnife®, it is not appropriate treatment for all cancer types and locations. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/MercyCyberKnife.