Saint Louis University Hospital has been operating the CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System in its radiation medicine department since 2004. In fact, it is the only CyberKnife in the St. Louis region. Using high doses of radiation, the technology is designed to treat malignant and benign tumors and vascular malformations anywhere in the body non-invasively and with precise accuracy.
The CyberKnife automatically tracks, detects and corrects for tumor and patient movement in real time throughout the entire treatment. This treatment offers new hope to patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who may be looking for an alternative to surgery. The technology is commonly used to treat tumors and lesions of the brain, lung, spine, liver, prostate and pancreas.
With the tremendous success of the CyberKnife System, Saint Louis University Medical School and Saint Louis University Hospital collaborated with SSM Cancer Care and Missouri Cancer Care to add a second CyberKnife in a new cancer center in Lake Saint Louis, Mo. A $6 million investment, the CyberKnife® G4 brings the most advanced technology and SLU Hospital’s expertise to people seeking cancer treatment in Lake Saint Louis and the surrounding area. After two years of budgeting, planning and construction, the new cancer center officially opened in October 2008. The center is located at 400 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. With the combination of services available at the center, a patient can visit his/her physician, receive diagnostic testing and treatment, and possibly participate in clinical research studies all in one location.
The center also houses a comprehensive cancer information center where patients and families can go for resources and activities that will benefit the overall treatment plans. Additionally, the cancer center’s design and amenities embody a spa-like atmosphere, offering patients a tranquil environment with incredible views of the surrounding lake.
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