LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- CyberKnife is a new conect in Louisville, Kentucky. It comes with a $6 million price tag, but can offer better and quicker cancer treatment at UofL Hospital's James Brown Cancer Center.
Battling cancer can be a long and painful process, not to mention the expense. Now, the Cancer Center has CyberKnife, a powerful tool that can make a world of difference in cancer treatment. "It's hard enough to deal with cancer," said Louisville CyberKnife medical director Dr. Shiao Woo at the ribbon cutting for the new technology. "Every measure of comfort we can offer patients in the process of their treatments can be a plus."
Contrary to its name, CyberKnife treats cancerous and non cancerous tumors anywhere in the body without cutting or anesthesia. A state-of-the-art tracking system means it's highly accurate too. Patients can be treated in as little as 1-5 visits. "If you can take the number of treatments from 30 or 40 for some diseases to 3 or 4 and you live 100 miles away, you've made it so much easier and economical for someone to be treated," said Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY).
CyberKnife allows doctors to treat tumors that might have been too difficult to reach in the past. Rather than assaulting the body with radiation, doctors say CyberKnife offers a no pain, no blood, no stress cancer fighting option.
The James Brown Cancer Center will start treating patients with CyberKnife on October 24.