Jupiter Medical Installs First And Only Cyberknife® M6™ System In Florida

Kathleen Ahern
Jupiter Medical Center
561-263-2896 / kathleen.ahern@jupitermed.com

JUPITER, FLA. (June 25, 2015) – The Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center at Jupiter Medical Center is now treating cancer patients with the new CyberKnife® M6™ System, making it the first and only center in Florida to offer this revolutionary technology. The CyberKnife M6 System allows Jupiter Medical Center physicians to offer patients an alternative to conventional surgery and weeks of radiation to remove both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors from the body. Stereotactic radiosurgery destroys tumors with extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation while minimizing damage to healthy tissue, offering accuracy akin to the sharpness of a surgeon’s scalpel. However, there’s no incision, anesthesia or hospital stay required, and tumors can be eliminated in as little as one to five treatments.

“We take pride in offering the most advanced treatment options available,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “With this new technology, we are establishing the Foshay Cancer Center as a leader in oncology not just locally, but nationally.”

“I’ve been treating patients with various types of stereotactic radiosurgery for more than 15 years and have used other models of the CyberKnife system on my patients,” said Anthony Addesa, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Foshay Cancer Center. “This new M6 System can treat tumors anywhere in the body, from the lungs to the brain to the prostate, and is the best radiation oncology solution for targeting, tracking and adjusting in real-time to moving targets with extreme precision and accuracy.”

There are significant benefits of CyberKnife treatments including:

  • No need for anesthesia
  • No hospital stay required
  • No recovery time needed
  • The M6 model speeds treatment, cutting treatment session time by half or more
  • The M6 offers unparalleled accuracy so healthy tissue and organs are spared

The truly remarkable thing about the CyberKnife is the way it reduces stress for the patient. It is not a traditional surgery; therefore, there is no pain. Even during their week of treatment, the majority of patients go about their regular routines. This alternative approach is particularly important for patients who have complex or inoperable tumors. Working with the system allows doctors to customize the treatment to each patient, and provides an option for those who have been discouraged from pursuing more conventional radiation and surgery.

The challenge in treating cancer is that tumors move as the patient moves, even with each breath. A unique and important feature of the CyberKnife System is its tracking technology that enables continuous coordination with a patient’s tumor movement during treatment. Because of the CyberKnife System’s sub-millimeter accuracy and ability to adjust in real-time, a patient can be confident their tumor is being treated while the surrounding healthy tissue and organs are spared. Another distinguishing feature of CyberKnife is its robotic arm, modeled after technology used in car manufacturing. Instead of welding parts on an automobile assembly line, this arm travels around the patient to deliver hundreds of beams of radiation to a tumor from many different angles, with absolute precision. The high level of accuracy means that patients will only undergo one to five treatments, a significant reduction when compared to other radiation treatments.

“Having experience with many types of radiosurgery systems, I’m extremely excited at the speed of treatment and the convenience this new M6 technology allows me to offer patients,” said Dr. Addesa. “With the M6, the duration of each individual treatment session is also dramatically shortened—typically lasting twenty minutes to an hour per treatment.”

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.