In The Fight Against Cancer, It’s A Tumor’s Worst Enemy

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By: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Offering new hope to patients with tumors that were once considered untreatable with surgery or conventional radiation therapy, the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is now utilizing the Accuray CyberKnife® M6™ System with InCise2 technology. Boca Regional is one of less than 20 oncology programs in the country to offer this generation of CyberKnife.

What makes this version of the CyberKnife so unique – and so effective – is its ability to continuously track and attack the tumor as it shifts during therapy due to patient movement or respiration. The InCise2 technology uses a Multileaf Collimator and 3D robotic navigation which allows physicians to sculpt and re-sculpt the field of radiation delivered throughout the procedure and automatically correct for any tumor movement.

“With other systems, we have to account for that tumor motion with breathing or patient movement which results in treating larger areas to compensate for the motion and therefore we radiate more normal tissue,” said Dr. Michael Kasper, Medical Director for Radiation Oncology at the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “CyberKnife offers an unprecedented ability to precisely target the tumors while sparing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. For us, that’s a game-changer in radiation oncology.”

This combination of exquisite accuracy and the ability to adjust to tumor motion allows the radiation therapy team to carry out the procedure with the highest level of precision. The System’s advanced maneuverability also offers complete access and coverage for any tumor size or shape, even in anatomically difficult areas. In turn, these capabilities enable the delivery of higher radiation doses resulting in a reduced number of total treatments. “This generation of CyberKnife cuts the treatment time in half or even less,” Dr. Kasper added. “For instance, prostate cancer treatment which used to take nine weeks can now be completed in just one week allowing most patients to immediately return to normal activities.”

The Accuray CyberKnife® M6™ System is truly the most revolutionary technology in radiation therapy. In addition to its tremendous efficacy, the procedure requires no anesthesia, no recovery time, no overnight hospital stay and no restrictive positioning devices that are used in other technologies. It offers an encouraging new treatment for patients, especially those with inoperative or surgically complex tumors.

“Patients – and their families – at Boca Regional’s Lynn Cancer Institute should not only expect the latest technology like the CyberKnife, they also have access to treatment and support that provides a myriad  of care in all aspects of the journey through a cancer diagnosis,” Dr. Kasper continued. “We provide a spectrum of services such as multimodality clinics, social workers, nurse navigators, nutritional experts and a host of other innovative support programs all designed to be the most comprehensive and connected radiation therapy in medicine today.”