Navigate Up
 
Watch as Dr. Dwight Heron explains the newest generation CyberKnife® System, currently being used by UPMC CancerCenter radiation oncologists to treat cancer patients.
UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
For Journalists
Manager
Telephone: 412-647-9966
Manager
Telephone: 412-623-4701 or 412-586-9773
Other Inquiries

UPMC One of First in Country to Treat Cancer Patients with New CyberKnife® System

 
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 27, 2014UPMC CancerCenter radiation oncologists have begun to treat cancer patients with the newest generation CyberKnife® System, a radiosurgery system with the ability to more precisely shape radiation beams to the form of tumors, maximize dose delivered while also keeping surrounding healthy tissue intact and dramatically decrease the length of treatments.
 
As leaders in oncology with one of the busiest stereotactic radiosurgery centers in the United States, UPMC CancerCenter performs about 550 cases a year with the CyberKnife System.
 
The newest-generation CyberKnife System, known as the M6™, is being used at the Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside and is one of five currently in use in the U.S. The first patient at UPMC was treated using the CyberKnife M6 System in October 2013, and her treatment time was cut in half versus what it would have been with the previous CyberKnife System. About 80 patients have been treated so far using the new system.
 
Treatment with the new system is typically completed in just one to five days, instead of the 40 or more treatment sessions often required with conventional radiation therapy, and, unlike surgery, requires no anesthesia or recovery time. The system also can track for tumor movement and automatically correct for motion throughout treatment, which is particularly helpful for treating tumors of the lung, liver and prostate and means that patients don’t need to be repositioned on the treatment table.
 
“We are excited to be able to offer patients in western Pennsylvania the most advanced cancer treatment options available,” said Dwight E. Heron, M.D., director of Radiation Services, UPMC CancerCenter, and vice chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. “The new CyberKnife System is another tool we have that can ensure we are delivering the most precise, personalized and best treatment available.”
 
The CyberKnife M6 System, made by Accuray Incorporated, has an Iris™ Collimator which allows radiation to be delivered in different sized beams from each treatment position without harming surrounding healthy tissue. This, along with the device’s robotic arm, results in more patients with difficult-to-treat tumors being eligible for the treatment. Eventually, the system at UPMC also will implement the first multileaf collimator on the Cyberknife M6 System that will allow for even more precise delivery of radiation by shaping radiation to the form of the tumor.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com