LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The James Graham Brown Cancer Center announced today the opening of Louisville CyberKnife, a new cancer treatment center that will begin treating patients Oct. 24. A $6 million investment, Louisville CyberKnife was developed as a joint venture between the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and US Radiosurgery.
Louisville CyberKnife at the Brown Cancer Center will offer the first CyberKnife® technology available in Kentuckiana and the second in the state of Kentucky. The opening of Louisville CyberKnife culminates a long and persistent effort by Dr. Bobby Baker and prominent Louisville businessman Steve Bass, both of whom spearheaded initial efforts to secure a certificate of need from state regulators for a CyberKnife program in Louisville.
“While the name may invoke images of knives or scalpels, CyberKnife is actually a nonsurgical treatment option that does not require incisions or sedation,” said Dr. Shiao Woo, medical director of Louisville CyberKnife at the Brown Cancer Center. “CyberKnife can give hope to patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors, as well as those seeking an alternative to surgery or traditional radiation therapy.”
CyberKnife is a robotic technology used by radiation oncologists and surgeons to treat patients with stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors and other medical conditions with surgical accuracy using high-dose radiation delivered in five or fewer outpatient procedures.
Louisville CyberKnife at the Brown Cancer Center has installed the CyberKnife 9.6 system, which features a device that controls the width of the machine’s radiation beam, allowing physicians to vary the beam size to treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body. The capabilities of the advanced technology allow for greater accuracy, quicker treatment times for patients and better avoidance of healthy tissue during treatment.
“This partnership further illustrates our mission to provide patients throughout our region with the highest quality care,” said Dr. Donald Miller, director of the Brown Cancer Center. “Our investment in the new CyberKnife program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing our communities with the most advanced technology and the best cancer treatment options.”
Louisville CyberKnife at the Brown Cancer Center is the latest joint venture for national stereotactic radiosurgery services provider US Radiosurgery. A division of Alliance Oncology, US Radiosurgery’s network encompasses facilities throughout the United States that collectively have treated thousands of patients with stereotactic radiosurgery technology.
Louisville CyberKnife at the Brown Cancer Center is located at 529 S. Jackson St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. For more information, call (502) 217-8200 or visit www.LouisvilleCK.com.