Reno, NV (PRWEB) October 29, 2013
As Lung Cancer Awareness Month nears, Reno CyberKnife is working to raise awareness of one of its most frequently treated diseases. The center has treated nearly 40 lung cancer patients this year with its advanced cancer treatment technology.
Reno CyberKnife co-medical director Dr. Katie Legarza offers the following tips to maintain lung health and support the fight against lung cancer.
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Reno CyberKnife treats patients with SBRT using CyberKnife® technology. During treatment, precisely focused radiation beams are delivered to a tumor with sub-millimeter accuracy. The machine is able to track tumors during treatment and compensate for patient movement, like breathing, meaning radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue is minimized.
CyberKnife treatment is completed in five or fewer sessions and requires no incision or sedation. Patients typically experience few to no side effects and can return to their daily routines immediately following treatment.
“CyberKnife is considered a treatment option for patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery or endure the harsh side effects of conventional radiation therapy, but early detection is crucial in determining the most effective lung cancer treatment,” Dr. Legarza said.
Along with lung cancer, Reno CyberKnife treats malignant and benign tumors in the brain, prostate, liver, pancreas, kidney and orbit of the eye. The center also has treated several patients with trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating nerve disorder.
Reno CyberKnife is a service of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and is located at 645 North Arlington Ave. in Reno, Nev. For more information, call (775) 348-9900.