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Prof. Dr. Adler, "Father of image-guided irradiation" consults the first patient for the CyberKnife® treatment at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital

Date: 23 Mar 2009

Steering a paradigm shift in cancer care, Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai recently installed Asia Pacific's most advanced and India's first CyberKnife®.

"The CyberKnife® at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai is now set to offer treatment access to millions of patients diagnosed with cancer in India every year. We are working towards a goal of making all types of cancer curable, said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group during the clinical inauguration of the CyberKnife, initiated with Prof. Dr. John Adler consulting the first patient scheduled to undergo treatment."" He added, ""It is a rare opportunity to host a genius like Prof. Dr. John R Adler, renowned as the ""Father of the CyberKnife"" at our hospital. With the launch of CyberKnife®, Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital joins the global league of hospitals equipped to provide 360-degree cancer care.""

Developed by Prof. Dr. John.R.Adler M.D, Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at Stanford University Medical Centre, CA, U.S.A, the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is the first system in the world designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy.

After consulting the first patient scheduled for CyberKnife treatment, Prof. Dr. John Adler said, ""Dr. Prathap C Reddy's commitment to cancer care is a beacon of hope to millions battling with cancer in India. Over 60,000 patients have benefited from the CyberKnife treatment across the world. The technological advancement that the Apollo CyberKnife Radiosurgery offers is that it can treat any brain tumour in less than 16 minutes and a body tumour within 30 minutes with 3-5 treatment sessions."

The advanced technology behind CyberKnife® uses real time image guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics to deliver an extremely precise dose of radiation to targets, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and adjusting for patient and tumor movement during treatment.

Benefits to Patients

  • A new treatment option: This extraordinary sophisticated treatment can be used as an alternative to open surgery Occasionally CyberKnife® treatment even can convert a technically inoperable tumor to operable.
  • Pain free: treatment does not cause pain and therefore does not require anesthesia.
  • Recovery Time: Vast majority of CyberKnife® treatments are out patient procedures allowing patients to continue their activities.
  • Comparative comfort: Many of the available high precision radiation techniques require application of some kind of frame around patient's body, CyberKnife® can spare the particular inconvenience for the patient. In many of the cases, it is a frameless procedure.

CyberKnife® can treat by organ and by tumor targets located anywhere in the body and is a revolution in the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney.
All patients who will undergo the CyberKnife® treatment will go through the Apollo CyberKnife® Advisory Board.

Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital
New.No.6 (Old.No.24) Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai - 600 035
Contact Ms. Lakshmi: Mobile: +91 9941056677 I Tel: +91 -44-24334455
SMS Apollo to 56677 I Email: cyberknife@apollohospitals.com
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