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Winthrop University Hospital

Winthrop Center of Excellence
CyberKnife Center

CyberKnife® State-of-the-Science
Stereotactic Radiosurgery


Giving new hope to thousands of people with tumors and lesions once considered inoperable, CyberKnife(R) radiosurgery takes treatment of benign and malignant masses to a new level.

Winthrop-University Hospital is a worldwide leader among those medical institutions offering breakthrough CyberKnife treatment. In fact, in addition to being one of the busiest and most experienced CyberKnife centers in the U.S., Winthrop experts have trained physicians from around the world in the use of CyberKnife technology.

What is CyberKnife?

Despite its name, CyberKnife is not surgery. Painless and bloodless, it uses high-tech, cruise-missile-guidance technology and ultra-flexible, computer-controlled robotics to deliver precisely targeted radiation to tumors.

Extraordinarily accurate, the radiation beams can be sculpted to reach small, deeply imbedded, complex masses, minimizing damage to healthy tissue when compared to other types of radiation therapy. This remarkable capability provides unparalleled access to previously unreachable and untreatable tumors throughout the body when radiation therapy is indicated. Moreover, it virtually eliminates most of the side effects commonly associated with other forms of radiation.

An alternative to conventional surgery in certain cases, CyberKnife has transformed radiosurgeries of the brain, spine and soft-tissue (lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys) into painless, bloodless outpatient procedures that permit patients to undergo treatment and usually resume normal activities soon after the procedure.

CyberKnife has become particularly effective in the treatment of prostate cancer. Winthrop-University Hospital has been a pioneer in the use of CyberKnife for prostate cancer, and in fact is one of the world's leading centers of CyberKnife treatments for prostate cancer. With over 5 years of published clinical data, including the Stanford University Hospital study, it is clear that the success rate for CyberKnife matches or exceeds those of any other standard treatment option.

Equally important, CyberKnife causes no incontinence and significantly reduces the chance of impotence which is much more common with surgery and other forms of radiation.

Lastly, Cyberknife treatment takes just five 45-minute sessions, unlike other treatments that last much longer per day for weeks and weeks. So patients are free to go about their daily routines with no interruptions.

That is why we can say that CyberKnife is truly one of the most revolutionary forms of cancer treatment in the last decade. And Winthrop is a world leader in its use.

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