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CyberKnife approved as prostate cancer treatment.

4 CyberKnife treatments as effective as 40 standard.

The ETMC Cancer Institute has revolutionary news for East Texas men facing prostate cancer: Treatment using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System has been approved for Medicare and insurance reimbursement. Here's what that means to patients:

 • Four CyberKnife treatments are just as effective as 40 treatments of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the previous standard of radiation therapy. That's an obvious advantage in convenience, especially for patients who must travel for treatment.

 • CyberKnife therapy is noninvasive - patients don't even have to change out of their street clothes to receive treatment.

 • CyberKnife treatments at ETMC Tyler take an hour or less and require no surgery or overnight hospital stay.

 For more information call 903-595-5550.

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• The world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body

• High-dose radiation targets tumors with pinpoint accuracy and without damaging healthy tissue

Prostate cancer screenings

• Recommended for all men age 50 or more

• Recommended at age 40 or more for African-American men and men with a family history of the disease

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CyberKnife: Pinpoint accuracy is dream come true

It was a dream long shared by East Texas physicians and patients: the ability to destroy even small, complex-shaped tumors near critical structures, virtually anywhere in the body, without affecting healthy tissues - or the patient's quality of life.

That dream became a reality with the first CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery unit in East Texas. Located on the ETMC campus, this remarkable advancement was made available to East Texans through a collaborative effort between Tyler Neurosurgical Associates and the ETMC Regional Healthcare System.

CyberKnife offers new hope to patients because it is so precise it can target tumors with submillimeter accuracy, delivering a very high dose of radiation to lesions while sparing nearby normal tissue. What's more, it actually corrects for patient movement during treatment. And unlike conventional stereotactic radiosurgery, CyberKnife can be used to attack tumors not only in the head, but in the chest, spine, abdomen - virtually anywhere in the body. Best of all, the procedure is completely noninvasive.

Imagine: No incision. No anesthesia. No pain. No hospital stay. No extended recovery period. No debilitating side effects. Just a three-step outpatient process to image, plan and treat benign or malignant lesions, with an immediate return to normal activities.