Spotlight On: The CyberKnife Treatment Process

St. Louis CyberKnife Opens, Unveils CyberKnife Technology

St. Louis CyberKnife opened in October 2012 and offers patients throughout the greater St. Louis area treatment with the CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery system. The center is a service of SSM Cancer Care and is located on the campus of SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Mo.

The staff and physician team at St. Louis CyberKnife and SSM St. Clare employees unveiled the new technology at an Open House for local physicians and employees of the SSM Cancer Care hospital network. St. Louis CyberKnife radiation oncologist Dr. John Bedwinek presented a demonstration of the technology and spoke to attendees about benefits of CyberKnife treatment.

CyberKnife treats patients with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors and other medical conditions with very precise, high-dose radiation delivered in five or fewer treatments. During treatment, patients lie on a table while the machine rotates around them, aiming radiation beams directly at the site of a tumor.

The accuracy of CyberKnife allows physicians to treat difficult-to-reach tumors that may have been impossible to treat in the past. The technology has the ability to “shape” the radiation beams it delivers to match the three-dimensional shape of a patient’s tumor, helping protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs during treatment.

Patients are currently being accepted for consultations. Call 636-496-4660 or fill out our online information request form today to find out if you or a loved one may be a candidate for CyberKnife treatment.

Pictured: St. Louis CyberKnife physician team and staff with colleagues of the SSM Cancer Care hospital network.