Advanced Cancer Treatment Brings New Hope to Michigan Patients
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to begin treating cancer patients June
6th with CyberKnife® Robotic Surgery System
Beginning next week, thousands
of Michigan patients will have a new – virtually pain free – defense
in the fight against cancer. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) announced
today it will begin treating patients with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery
System on Wednesday, June 6th. This advanced radiosurgery system non-invasively
treats cancers anywhere in the body, including previously inoperable tumors,
with astounding accuracy and with little to no discomfort. As the only hospital
in Michigan to offer CyberKnife, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor expects
to draw patients from across the state who are seeking new hope in their cancer
“I’ve waged an ongoing battle with brain and lung cancer for the
past six months, experimenting with traditional radiation treatments and exploring
all my options,” said Elizabeth Newhouse of Ypsilanti, Mich. “I
researched other radiosurgical treatments, but was petrified when the procedures
were explained to me along with the stress and discomfort they would cause.
I heard about CyberKnife from a friend and was immediately encouraged by the
possibility of a virtually painless, comfortable treatment option that would
allow me to carry on with my daily life and avoid spending another night in
the hospital. With all that cancer patients go through, CyberKnife is simply
a much easier alternative that has renewed my hope in beating this disease.”
One of the most innovative features of the CyberKnife technology is the capability
of robotic radiosurgery to deliver targeted treatment to areas that move due
to breathing—such as the lung, prostate, pancreas, liver, and kidney—minimizing
damage to surrounding healthy tissues. It is the first system in the world that
is specifically designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter
accuracy, without limiting the patient’s mobility during treatment. Image
guidance and computer controlled robotics combine to continuously track, detect
and correct for tumor and patient movement throughout the treatment. Because
of this approach, extreme precision and accuracy is possible without the need
for a head or body frame as is required with other radiosurgery treatment systems.
The additional patient benefits from the CyberKnife System are significant.
It can be used for inoperable tumors, and the treatment is performed on an outpatient
basis. CyberKnife can also treat multiple tumors at different locations in the
body during a single treatment session. Patients with cancer pain routinely
experience dramatic relief after receiving CyberKnife treatments and have a
shorter treatment time and faster recovery period than traditional methods.
“The response from the community since announcing the acquisition of
CyberKnife earlier this year has been very positive,” said Dr. Walter
Sahijdak, radiation oncologist, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor will house one of only 50 CyberKnife units
in the country and one of 70 worldwide, so until now access to treatment has
been extremely limited. Patients and their families will all benefit from having
this new line defense in the fight against cancer right here in Michigan.”
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor is among a growing number of elite hospitals
in the country to incorporate the $4 million CyberKnife System as an essential
tool in its cancer treatment process. SJMHS is the first health care system
in the state of Michigan to offer the CyberKnife System to patients.