Everyone is unique. So is every tumor. Tumors can be hard to reach and treat. However, CyberKnife® offers unsurpassed accuracy and the ability to adjust to tumor size and location anywhere in the body, offering new hope for patients.
Mercy Cancer Center offers Iowa’s only flexible stereotactic radiosurgery system (SRS). CyberKnife® is the only SRS system that utilizes robotic technology combined with image-guidance to administer precision radiation treatments to previously inoperable tumors without the need for rigid patient restraints or undue patient discomfort. The CyberKnife® Center provides hope for some patients who may have received the maximum allowable dose of radiation or have been told their condition is untreatable.
The CyberKnife® delivers radiation to difficult-to-target sections of the body including the brain, spine, liver, lungs, head, neck and other areas that traditional methods or systems, such as radiation therapy or the gamma knife, cannot reach. This non-invasive method requires no anesthesia and does not present the same risks as traditional surgery.
The revolutionary CyberKnife® procedure has proven successful in removing cancers, tumors, lesions and treating functional disorders for more than 35,000 patients worldwide.
Incidences of cancer in Iowa are expected grow as the elderly population grows by 72 percent by 2025. The CyberKnife® Radiosurgery Center of Iowa is expected to play a primary role in treating previously inoperable tumors and offering hope of cancer survival.