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Study Highlights CyberKnife SBRT Benefits for Treatment of Central Lung Tumors
Date:1/26/2012

tening/disabling) or five (fatal) toxicities in the patients treated. 

"In this study, we were able to achieve two-year tumor control and overall survival for centrally located lung tumors comparable to what is generally reported for SBRT treatment of peripheral lung tumors without putting patients at risk for complications or serious toxicities," said Joost Nuyttens, M.D., Ph.D., at Erasmus MC - Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and lead author of the study. "By taking advantage of the CyberKnife System's radiosurgical accuracy and image guidance capabilities, the Synchrony System allows us to track centrally located tumors as they move with respiration and correct for tumor motion throughout treatment. This allows us to deliver the high doses required to treat lung tumors without increasing the impact to surrounding healthy tissue, something that was difficult to do with gantry based SBRT systems."

"Traditionally, treating centrally located lung tumors with SBRT has been precarious given the proximity of these tumors to other critical structures. This has resulted in most centers and studies staying away from treating these patients using lung SBRT," said Omar Dawood, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of global medical affairs for Accuray. "This study from one of the world's leading research institutions provides further support of the CyberKnife System's ability to deliver lung SBRT to tumors throughout the lung, even centrally located tumors, with minimal toxicity while also providing excellent tumor control. These benefits offer renewed hope to patients who may not otherwise have had any other treatment options."

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