Friday, October 9, 2009

AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute to offer CyberKnife®

AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute to offer CyberKnife®
Technology targets hard-to-reach tumors non-invasively

The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg
Harbor Township, New Jersey, will begin offering CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery
in November. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world’s only
robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body noninvasively.
CyberKnife compares X-ray images to the patient’s original CT scan before each
treatment to ensure unparalleled targeting accuracy. It continually tracks, detects and
corrects for any movement of the patient or tumor.
“Through this technology our experienced team delivers high-dose radiation with
pinpoint precision, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue,” said Lauren
Ochs, executive director, AtlantiCare Oncology Services, AtlantiCare. “We are pleased to
offer patients this advanced technology as a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the
treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.”
“We can now treat previously hard to reach cancers, including those of the lung, brain,
spine, liver, pancreas and kidney – non-invasively,” said Jonathan Law, MS, DABR,
DABMP, director, Medical Physics AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. “Side effects
are minimal and there is little or no recovery time.”
The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, which opened in June, will offer Cyberknife®
surgery as an outpatient procedure. It also offers radiation therapy,
chemotherapy/infusion treatments, diagnostic services, as well as access to the latest
clinical trials as a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner. Its technology includes linear
accelerator image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), including Varian RapidArc™ – the
only one in southeastern New Jersey; Elekta Synergy® Platform intensity modulated
(AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute to offer CyberKnife® Technology targets hard-toreach
tumors non-invasively – add one)
radiation therapy (IMRT); Xoft® electronic brachytherapy; 64-slice GE Discovery
PET/CT 600; GE Wide Bore LightSpeed®16 slice CT. The AtlantiCare Cancer Care
Institute has on-site laboratory, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and lymphedema
therapy services. It also offers Preparing for Chemotherapy and Preparing for Radiation
Therapy classes, Look Good…Feel Better®, and other educational and community
“The CyberKnife’s flexible robotics allows us to treat tumors from nearly any direction
and in nearly any location in the body,” said Law. “At the AtlantiCare Cancer Care
Institute, tumors have nowhere to hide,” said Law.

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