Boca Raton Regional Hospital Becomes Only Second Site in U.S. to Offer
New Radiation Oncology Technology
Revised: February 17, 2017
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 (LCI) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is now
utilizing the Accuray CyberKnife® M6™ System with InCise2 technology.
Boca Regional joins only a handful of oncology programs in the country
to offer this specific therapy.
Unlike other forms of radiosurgery, this latest generation of the CyberKnife
offers an unprecedented ability to precisely target tumors while sparing
damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
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 what is called a Multileaf Collimator
and 3D robotic navigation which allow us to sculpt and re-sculpt the field
of radiation we are delivering throughout the procedure and automatically
correct for any tumor movement,” said Tim Williams, MD, Radiation
Oncologist at LCI. “With other systems, when the tumor moves you
have to stop the radiation, wait for the mass to return to its original
position, and then restart the therapy.”
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 and a reduction in the individual treatment time from
60 minutes or more with prior versions of the CyberKnife to less than
30 with the M6 InCise2 technology.
“This generation of Cyberknife is truly the state-of-the-art in
radiation therapy,” commented Dr. Williams. “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. As you can imagine, these are all
tremendous patient and family satisfiers.”
Dr. Williams noted that the CyberKnife at LCI is presently being used
to treat malignant and non-malignant tumors of the prostate, lung, brain,
spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, bone and eye.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center
(BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Lynn Cancer Institute is accredited
by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
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