Columbus CyberKnife Treats Tumors The Non-Invasive Way

Columbus CyberKnife is a service of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. The center opened in 2010 on the hospital’s campus in Westerville, establishing the first and only CyberKnife program in the greater Columbus area.

The center has treated patients from around the central Ohio region.

CyberKnife treats malignant and benign tumors in the brain, spine, lung, liver, kidney pancreas and prostate with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors with high-dose, precisely targeted radiation.

The result is greatly increased accuracy that spares healthy tissue surrounding a tumor site.

“Because CyberKnife treatment requires no surgery or anesthesia, patients’ lives are not interrupted in the manner they would be with other forms of treatment, like surgery or traditional radiation techniques,” said Dr. Douglas Widman, medical director of Columbus CyberKnife. “Depending on the size, location and type of tumor, treatment is complete within five sessions, each lasting about an hour or less.”

CyberKnife can provide hope for patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or those who seek an alternative to conventional surgery. Treatment is an outpatient procedure, and patients typically return to their normal activities immediately. There may be side effects, such as fatigue, but these are usually minor and temporary.

For patients with tumors in areas of the body that can move during treatment, such as those in the lung or prostate, CyberKnife’s advanced tracking system continually tracks the location of the tumor to compensate for normal body movements like breathing, ensuring radiation beams are always locked on the tumor and avoiding normal surrounding tissue. The CyberKnife tracking system, combined with its robotic mobility, allows the center’s physicians to treat tumors from virtually unlimited directions.

Columbus CyberKnife also treats patients with trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes excruciating, electroshock-like pain throughout the face. To treat the disorder, the CyberKnife system delivers a large, single dose of radiation to the nerve that causes the intense pain experienced by trigeminal neuralgia patients.

Contact Columbus CyberKnife at (614) 898-8300 or to determine if you or a loved one is a candidate for CyberKnife treatment.