Ask the Doctor – Oct. 15, 2010

Q: I’ve heard rumors of a new treatment to remove tumors called the CyberKnife System—what does this involve? How safe is it?

A: The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment delivers multiple beams of high-dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy, and can be completed on an outpatient basis in 1 to 5 visits, requiring minimal recovery time. More than 60,000 patients have been treated using CyberKnife—check out the Web site to learn more.

Dr. McLaughlinMark P. McLaughlin, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist and
Director of CyberKnife
WellStar Hospital Kennestone

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