20 July 2009
Addressing a media conference here today, Apollo Hospital consultant radiation oncologist Dr Rathna Devi said the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery System, the first of its kind in the country, makes cancer radiosurgery easy and safe. As many as 60,000 people suffering from cancer were treated worldover using the new system. In India, 75 cancer cases were treated successfully using the advanced surgical system and the postoperative results were more than satisfactory.
“It is an alternative to conventional open surgery, which is painless. Being non–invasive, it can be generally done as an out–patient procedure. Further, lesions and tumours which cannot be operated by surgery or standard radiation, can be treated using Cyberknife.”
The risk of radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissues is also low,’ she said.
Astrocytoma, glioma, glioblastoma multiforme, oligodendroglioma, brain metastasis, spinal tumours, pituitary adenoma, hemangioblastoma, skull base tumours, chordoma, meningioma, neurofibroma, schwannoma, acoustic neuroma, intracranial AVMs, spinal AVMs, trigeminal neuralgia, neck, liver, prostate and pancreatic cancers can be effectively treated using the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery System, she said. Apollo Hospital senior manager (health care services) V Nagarjuna Reddy was also present.