CyberKnife® Surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital Center for Cancer Care
At the Forefront of Cancer Care
Superior CyberKnife Treatment at our State-of-the-Art CyberKnife Center
NYU Winthrop Hospital is a world renowned center for CyberKnife® radiosurgery and the number one site in the United States for use of this innovative technology in the treatment of prostate cancer. Our Hospital was the first medical institution in the New York metropolitan region to offer this non-invasive treatment that delivers extraordinarily accurate, targeted radiation to tumors. The beams can reach deeply imbedded masses while minimizing damage to healthy tissue, providing new hope to thousands of people with tumors and lesions once considered inoperable. The technology is used to treat cancers of the prostate gland, breast, brain and lungs. CyberKnife also significantly shortens the length of treatment to a maximum of five days of 30-to-40-minute treatments per day, a major improvement over more conventional six-nine-week treatments.
The CyberKnife Treatment Advantage
CyberKnife surgery is completely non-invasive and has transformed radiosurgeries of the brain, prostate gland, breast, spine and soft-tissue (lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys) into painless, bloodless outpatient procedures. Patients who undergo CyberKnife treatment typically resume normal activities soon after the procedure.
With high-tech, cruise-missile-guidance technology and ultra-flexible, computer-controlled robotics, CyberKnife delivers extraordinarily accurate, precisely targeted radiation to tumors throughout the body when radiation therapy is indicated. The beams can be sculpted to reach small, deeply embedded, complex masses, minimizing damage to healthy tissue.
CyberKnife surgery advantages include:
- Treatment for tumors inoperable by conventional surgery or other stereotactic radiosurgery.
- Additional treatment option for tumors that have received maximum allowed radiation.
- Painless, bloodless and non-invasive.
- High-dose radiation delivered accurately.
- Ability to treat multiple tumors at different locations during a single session.
- Healthy tissue unharmed.
- No need for invasive, uncomfortable head frame or skull pins.
- Usually no more than five treatments of 35 minutes each.
- Full-body treatment capability CyberKnife is cleared by the FDA for treatment of tumors and lesions anywhere in the body when radiation therapy is indicated. However, patients should consult their physicians to determine if this treatment approach is right for them.
Our CyberKnife Surgery Team
The Center’s multidisciplinary team, which collaborates to develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each of our patient’s individual needs, includes:
- Radiation Oncologists
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Therapists
- Diagnostic Radiologists
Conditions Treated through CyberKnife Surgery
- Primary and Metastatic Brain Tumors
- Prostate Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Spine Cancer
- Spinal Cord Tumors
- Soft Tissue Tumors (lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, prostate)
- Acoustic Neuromas
- Skull Base Tumors
- Pituitary tumors
- Recurrent and Residual Tumors
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
- Functional Disorders, such as Trigeminal Neuralgia
Pastor Billy Richards shares the story of his CyberKnife prostate cancer treatment at NYU Winthrop Hospital.