West Michigan’s First CyberKnife Comes to Mercy Health

June 11, 2014 6:29 pm

CyberKnife “Cuts” Radiation Treatment Time From Weeks to Mere Days


CyberKnife does not look like a standard radiation therapy device.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy, offering new hope to patients in West Michigan.

Though its name may conjure images of scalpels and surgery; CyberKnife delivers painless outpatient radiation treatment with no cutting.

First patient is being treated on June 17.

The CyberKnife at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids will treat cancers of the:

  • lung,
  • brain,
  • spine,
  • pancreas,
  • prostate
  • and liver.
From left to right: Tewfik Bichay, Melissa Quinn, Jamie Meyer, Dr. Gil Padula, Alan Mayville, Stewart Davis and Monica Wymer.

From left to right: The CyberKnife team! Tewfik Bichay, PhD, Melissa Quinn, Jamie Meyer, Dr. Gil Padula, Alan Mayville, Stewart Davis and Monica Wymer.

With pinpoint accuracy, CyberKnife’s treatment beams stay focused on the tumor site, therefore sparing healthy tissue, resulting in just a few treatment sessions for patients. Most patients have little or no side effects from CyberKnife treatment. When receiving treatment, patients simply lie down on a padded table and breathe normally while the CyberKnife System quietly moves around them.

“The image guidance is so advanced that the system is continuously recalibrating and compensating for patient movement like breathing, resulting in unmatched precision of radiation delivery,” said Gil Padula, MD, medical director of Mercy Health CyberKnife. “With this precision, treatment can be completed in as few as one to five days.”




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Gilbert Padula, MD, medical director of CyberKnife

Prior to the system’s arrival in Grand Rapids, patients in West and Northern Michigan would be required to travel to Ann Arbor or Chicago to receive comparable treatment.

“Having CyberKnife here allows for greater flexibility for our patients – it’s a quality of life improvement,” said Kenda Klotz, clinical services director at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. “We’re excited about this additional opportunity that we are now able to offer patients as another option in our extensive arsenal of powerful cancer-fighting tools.”

The CyberKnife is the latest addition to the technology within the Mercy Health system, which also includes the Johnson Family Cancer Center at Mercy Health Muskegon.

For more information on the CyberKnife, please visit www.MercyHealthCyberKnife.com or call 616-685-6800 or 844-856-6800 toll free.


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