Philadelphia CyberKnife Treats 1,000th Patient
- Philadelphia CyberKnife treated its 1,000th patient in September.
- Philadelphia CyberKnife was the first CyberKnife system in the greater Philadelphia area. The center opened in 2006 and is located in Havertown.
- Philadelphia CyberKnife is a service of Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Philadelphia CyberKnife has announced the treatment of its 1,000th patient and growth as an international destination for robotic radiosurgery treatment following four years in operation as a service of Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Philadelphia CyberKnife was the first CyberKnife system in the greater Philadelphia area. It remains the only CyberKnife program available in Delaware County and the Main Line.
Highlights for the Philadelphia CyberKnife program include:
- 1,000th patient treated in September.
- More than half of all patients have come from outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s service area. The center has attracted patients internationally for CyberKnife treatment from countries such as England, India and Malaysia. In the U.S., patients have traveled from bordering states, as well as Florida, North Carolina and West Virginia to receive CyberKnife treatment.
- Diseases most often treated include: brain tumors and lesions; lung tumors and lesions; and prostate cancer. Lung tumors and lesions represent the largest number of caseloads, with about one-fourth of treatments falling into this category.
- Internationally recognized radiation oncologist Luther Brady, M.D., has spearheaded numerous clinical trials as the center’s medical director. He is one of the most prolific clinical investigators in radiation oncology and has over 600 publications to his credit.
“Our center introduced the first CyberKnife program to the market, which has given us the most experience treating patients with this technology in our area,” Brady says. “There is an economic benefit for the region in having people come here from other states and countries. CyberKnife represents the most precise technology in radiation therapy today with excellent outcomes and minimal side effects, and our team of physicians is constantly looking at new ways to increase awareness for this cutting-edge treatment within our own community.”
Philadelphia CyberKnife was formed in 2006. Since July 2007, the center has been managed through a partnership between Delaware County Memorial Hospital, a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System, and US Radiosurgery.
CyberKnife is the world’s only robotic radiosurgery system and offers painless cancer treatment virtually anywhere in the human body. CyberKnife treats cancerous and benign tumors in the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate through a process called stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors with high-dose radiation precisely aimed from different angles. The result is greatly increased accuracy that spares healthy tissue.
Philadelphia CyberKnife is located at 2010 West Chester Pike, Suite 115 in Havertown and is a service of DCMH. For more information, visit www.phillycyberknife.com or call (610) 446-6850.
For more information about Crozer-Keystone Health System’s cancer services, visit http://ckcancer.crozer.org or call 1-866-695-HOPE (1-866-695-4673).