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For Immediate Release
Sinai Hospital Announces the Purchase of Second CyberKnife
Hospital of Baltimore announces it has acquired a second CyberKnife®
Robotic Radiosurgery System for its expanding CyberKnife® Center. The addition of the new CyberKnife®
will help support the Center's continued growth. In addition to treating brain
and spine lesions; the most recent growth has been led in large part by
stereotactic radiosurgery for lung and pancreas tumor treatments. Since opening
the CyberKnife® Center in the Alvin
& Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute in 2003, Sinai Hospital has become
recognized as a national leader in treating brain, spine, lung and
"The addition of a second CyberKnife® System to our Center enables Sinai
Hospital to meet the increasing demand we're seeing for the treatment of
inoperable and surgically complex tumors,” said Mark Brenner, M.D., chief of Radiation Oncology at Sinai
Hospital and medical director of the CyberKnife® Center.
The CyberKnife® is a noninvasive, highly precise treatment. The CyberKnife®
allows doctors to target soft tissue tumors such as those found in the lung and
pancreas along with tumors of the brain and spine, which might otherwise not be
treatable because of location or previous failure to respond to standard
radiation treatment. This highly targeted technique allows the maximum amount of
radiation to get to the source of the tumor and kill it, while protecting
surrounding healthy tissue from damage.
In addition to serving as a cancer treatment option, the CyberKnife® also
enables doctors at Sinai to give patients access to therapy for other spine and
"The CyberKnife allows us to perform revolutionary, noninvasive procedures to
remove soft tissue tumors like those found in the lungs and pancreas as well as
in the brain and spine without a single incision. This is an important
advancement in medicine that makes a huge impact in the lives of our patients,”
said Neal Naff, M.D., chief of Neurosurgery at Sinai and surgical
director of the Cyberknife® Center.
Sinai Hospital projects the hospital's second CyberKnife® will be
in operation by September 2006, making Sinai one of the only hospitals in the
country with two CyberKnife ® systems.
The CyberKnife® is an integral part
of the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute. For more information, call
410-601-WELL or log onto www.lifebridgehealth.org.