Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife®


Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

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  • Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife¨

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  • Men in the New York Metropolitan area have been enjoying shorter treatment time, fewer side effects and excellent results in the fight against prostate cancer, at the region's only CyberKnife RadioSurgery Center at Winthrop-University Hospital.

    In fact, the CyberKnife Center at Winthrop has been so successful in the treatment of this form of cancer that it was recently designated the National Training Center for CyberKnife treatment of prostate cancer by Accuray Inc., the global leader in radiosurgery that developed the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.

    As the National Training Center, Winthrop is attracting physicians, physician assistants, radiotherapists, urologists and other clinicians from across the United States who desire CyberKnife training. Participants receive hands-on instruction on the use of fractionated radiosurgery to treat prostate cancer through a fullday educational course with lectures by leading Winthrop experts Alan Katz, MD, Chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology; Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Director of Winthrop's CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center; Michael Santoro, MD, Attending Urologist; and James Matera, RTT, Technical Director of the Division of Radiation Oncology. The course includes comprehensive training on the radiobiology of prostate cancer as well as practical clinical guidelines for treating prostate cancer using the CyberKnife system.

    "We are excited to be the only Hospital in the United States to provide this service in order to advance the treatment of prostate cancer nationwide using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System," said Dr. Witten.

    Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and CyberKnife is providing a landmark approach to its treatment.

    "CyberKnife is a revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer that delivers the most accurate radiation therapy using real-time, image-guided robotics," said Dr. Santoro. "The system's multi-jointed robotic arm delivers radiation therapy from multiple angles, providing a greater degree of accuracy in targeting tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue."

    In addition to serving as a highly effective form of treatment for prostate cancer, CyberKnife has been approved by the FDA for treatment of tumors and lesions anywhere in the body where radiation therapy is indicated. Additional conditions amenable to CyberKnife treatment include lung, kidney, liver and pancreatic tumors; acoustic neuromas; recurrent and residual tumors; arteriovenous malformations (AVMs); and functional disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia.

    "With CyberKnife, we can now access previously untreatable tumors throughout the body when radiation therapy is indicated," said Dr. Katz.

    Winthrop is the only hospital in the New York Metropolitan area to offer CyberKnife treatment. For more information and appointments, call 1-866-WINTHROP.



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