Guwahati, Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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‘Cancer has an answer today’
staff Reporter
 Guwahati, July 5 – Apollo Cancer Institute, Chennai has added one more feather to its cap by successfully completing treatment of over 500 patients with CyberKnife and the “results have been very promising” with the breakthrough technology, a non-invasive alternative to surgery.

Talking about the success story, Dr Debnarayan Dutta, consultant radiation oncologist at the Chennai speciality hospital, who was in the city, said Apollo joined the global league of hospitals equipped to provide 360-degree cancer care some two years ago with the installation of CyberKnife, the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumours anywhere in the body. “More than 500 patients with brain, spine, lung, liver and prostrate cancer have been benefited from CyberKnife treatment,” he added.

The CyberKnife uses real-time image guiding technology and computer-controlled robotics to deliver an extremely precise dose of radiation to targets, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissues while adjusting for patient and tumour movement during the treatment. “Many of the complications associated with conventional cancer therapies are minimised or eliminated by the CyberKnife system,” Dr Dutta said, adding, the patient experiences “dramatic pain relief after such treatment.”

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