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Benefits of CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Lung Cancer Drive Continued Adoption
Date:2/5/2010

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that more than 12,000 courses of lung cancer treatment have been completed with CyberKnife radiosurgery. Usage of CyberKnife radiosurgery for lung cancer continues to grow, as illustrated by a 25 percent increase year over year in calendar year 2009.

CyberKnife radiosurgery offers lung cancer patients a non-invasive means for treating their disease. The outpatient treatment is completed in five or fewer visits, and is both painless and non-surgical. Because the CyberKnife System utilizes continual image guidance along with continual correction for respiratory motion, it is able to deliver high-doses of radiation to the tumor from hundreds of angles with pinpoint precision.  

Judith, a lung cancer survivor, shares her experience having been treated with both conventional lung cancer treatments and CyberKnife radiosurgery:

Judith was diagnosed with stage IIIa lung cancer in the winter of 2004. At that time she received 12 rounds chemotherapy, 23 days of radiation therapy and surgery two weeks later to remove the upper lobe of her right lung. Recovery from her treatment was difficult, involving a 15 day hospital stay and four weeks of recovery at home.  During a follow-up visit, some residual cancer was discovered leading her to undergo eight more rounds of chemotherapy. Judith hoped the worst of things were behind her and for almost three years they were.

Then in the summer of 2007 doctors found a recurrence of her cancer in a lymph node located deep in the center of Judith's chest. Since she had already undergone surgery and had received conventional radiation year
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