Accuray Incorporated announced that the CARTI medical care team in Little Rock, Arkansas has treated the first patients in the state using the Accuray CyberKnife® S7™ System. The entire CyberKnife procedure is typically completed in just 1 to 5 out-patient sessions, providing a shorter overall course of treatment compared to conventional radiation therapy which typically takes 30-40 sessions. The availability of the CyberKnife technology will enable the CARTI team to expand access to precise radiation therapy to patients throughout Arkansas, including those for whom a month or more of travel would have been a barrier to treatment.
“Accuray is proud to partner with the CARTI team and support their efforts to improve cancer care in Arkansas. Both organizations share the belief that access to advanced technology can make living longer, better lives a reality for more patients,” said Suzanne Winter, president at Accuray. “Accuray has a history of innovation resulting in powerful and flexible options that enable our customers to make precise radiation treatments available to more patients. The CyberKnife S7 System, the latest generation CyberKnife platform, demonstrates our focus on providing clinically relevant, forward-looking technology designed to change patients’ lives for the better.”
The CyberKnife platform specializes in delivering stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), advanced external beam radiation treatment techniques. The CyberKnife S7 System was designed to provide clinicians with the speed they need for operational efficiency, without sacrificing the precision and accuracy required for SRS and SBRT. Patients who undergo SRS and SBRT treatments receive a higher dose of radiation per session across fewer total sessions (hypofractionated radiation therapy) than patients who receive conventional radiation therapy, leading to less disruption of their daily lives.
“We are thrilled to be the only provider in Arkansas to offer patients superior radiation oncology care with the CyberKnife System,” said Adam Head, president and CEO of the statewide cancer care provider. “In our mission to provide the most leading-edge treatment options, we’ve expanded our radiation oncology department to include the CyberKnife S7 System, the only robotic radiosurgery system. With this technology, we can confidently deliver precise, highly effective radiation treatments without sacrificing delivery speed or patient comfort. This marks a new phase of radiation oncology care in Arkansas, and we’re excited to be at the forefront.”
“Today, there are more options than ever to treat tumors located in almost any area of the body,” said Dr. Matthew Hardee, CARTI radiation oncologist and medical director of radiation oncology. “The CyberKnife System represents a significant leap forward as we can now efficiently and effectively treat a wider range of tumor types, including some that previously would have been untreatable with radiation.”