Germany's 8th CK - Therapy System "Cyberknife" takes in Erfurt on the operation
** translated from German **
Milestone in the treatment of cancer patients
Nov 8, 2012
Erfurt (mg / pm) - There is a new hope in the fight against cancer. The CyberKnife Center. Thuringia in Erfurt now Opened Germany's most modern institute for radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The newly built facility located on the grounds of the HELIOS Klinikum.
After six months of rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the basement of the hospital's main building, the Institute is now open for daily operation. The treatment with the CyberKnife System is an outpatient, painless, and easy on the body. It is regarded as innovative alternative to conventional radiation and surgical removal of benign and malignant tumors in many parts of the body, particularly the brain, head, neck, spine, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and prostate.
With high precision the irradiation takes place in a maximum of five treatment sessions virtually little side effects. This is due to modern imaging techniques and a unique, robotic technology, which allows the irradiation in the submillimeter range. Delivered precisely and it is controlled. From a linear accelerator, which is mounted on the robot arm CyberKnife Together, these components is a flexible and mobile computer run tracking system that moves during treatment to precisely pre-calculated positions along the patient to the tumor tissue to temporarily illuminate for a split second.
With this highly accurate method is the CyberKnife sequentially weakly dosed photon beams from more than 1,500 possible angles from the tumor. Average of about 160 angle of incidence to be targeted along the given path from the CyberKnife robot during a therapy session. Here, the patient is fully conscious and is always with a team of doctors has a video intercom system and in conjunction.
A six-member team of experts from radiation oncologists, specialized neurosurgeons, physicians, physicists and radiologists has been months in the field in order to optimally adapt to the operation.