Cancer survivors speak nationally as CyberKnife ambassadors

Cancer survivors – whose lives were changed by Community Regional Medical Centers’ CyberKnife technology – will train as national ambassadors for the technology that saves lives using a high-tech knifeless, non-invasive procedure.

On Sept. 12 and 13, as many as 10 survivor ambassadors will train to speak at seminars providing testament about their CyberKnife treatment to tumor patients and physician groups around the nation. 

According to Accuray, CyberKnife’s manufacturer, Community Regional’s CyberKnife program is one of the most advanced installations in the world, being the first ever to offer Generation 4 technology. 

“What is particularly exciting and unique about this technology is its pinpoint accuracy. This is the first system in the world that can actually track a person’s respiration, moving up and down with each breath a patient takes,” said Dr. Douglas Wong, the principal radiation oncologist at Community Regional and California Cancer Center.

“The precision allows us to go where a surgeon would not even venture and where other radiosurgery and conventional radiation would not be able to deliver a useful dose without risk to healthy tissue and structures.  With the CyberKnife, we can deliver a dose that is effective and offer real hope to patients who previously had few, if any, treatment options.”

The patient benefits to such sophistication are significant and include: minimal risk of complications associated with other conventional therapies, ability to treat tumors previously considered inoperable, treatment performed as an outpatient procedure, no hospital stay or anesthesia, short to no recovery period, immediate return to normal activity, fewer visits and the ability to treat multiple tumors at different locations during a single treatment. Patients also may experience dramatic pain relief after CyberKnife treatment, according to Dr. Wong.

Since its inception in 2005, more than 169 patients have been treated at Community Regional Medical Center for a variety of cancers as well as non-cancerous tumors of the brain, spine, kidney, prostate and many other body sites.


This story was reported by Mary Lisa Russell. She can be reached at mrussell@communitymedical.org.