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St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital First in Houston to Offer Revolutionary Noninvasive Tumor Treatment
Date:9/1/2009

HOUSTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is the first hospital in Houston to feature the CyberKnife((R)), a noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.

The CyberKnife((R)) is the world's first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors using beams of high-dose radiation with extreme accuracy throughout the body, including the brain, prostate, lung, spine, pancreas, liver and kidney. As an outpatient procedure, benefits to the patient include no anesthesia, no incision and immediate return to normal activity.

"We are pleased to be the first to offer the CyberKnife((R)) to the Houston community," says Mark LaRocco, PhD, vice president and patient safety officer, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. "This innovative technology offers our patients a new level of treatment and a new hope for recovery, especially for those who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors."

The CyberKnife((R)) combines two leading technologies: lightweight radiation and image guidance. Lightweight radiation, mounted on a multi-jointed robotic arm, allows for more flexible delivery, and can reach areas of the body that are untreatable with other, more limited radiosurgery systems. Image guidance utilizes X-ray machines that take computerized images throughout the procedure. CyberKnife((R)) is able to correct for small movements, such as respiration, during treatment.

CyberKnife((R)) patients can expect to spend 30 to 90 minutes on their entire procedure. Depending upon the complexity of their case, the number of treatments can be as few as one or up to four. CyberKnife((R)) allows individuals to return to their daily lives more quickly with a shorter recovery time compared to traditional treatment methods.

The new St. Luke's Radiation Therapy and CyberKnife is located at 2491 S. Braeswood. For more information about CyberKnife((R)), visit www.stlukestexas.com/cyberknife.

About St. Luke's Episcopal Health System

St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (www.stlukestexas.com) includes St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved; and, KS Management Services, LLC, overseeing 18 area clinic locations. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart(R) Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and is consistently ranked nationally among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. Affiliated with several nursing schools and two medical schools, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and has been honored four times with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) by HealthGrades, a leading independent company that measures healthcare quality in hospitals. The Health System has been recognized by FORTUNE as among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and by the Houston Business Journal as a top employer in Houston. St. Luke's Episcopal Health System also was honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine's "100 Best Places to Work."

    Jessica Michan * 832-355-3791            Elizabeth Simpson * 713-622-7174
    St. Luke's Episcopal Health System       The Point Group


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