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Ask the Doctor: Reno CyberKnife

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. And we're talking about ways to treat it in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment. Dr. Katie Legarza  is a radiation oncologist and is the co-medical director at Reno CyberKnife. To speak with her about lung cancer or ways the CyberKnife treats cancers, dial 858-2222. Lines are open between 5-6pm. 

Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. 

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 2000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Nevada in 2015. 

Patients diagnosed with lung cancer can be treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System at Reno CyberKnife.  

CyberKnife is a painless, non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body. The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme precision and features a device that controls the width of the radiation beams the machine delivers during treatment, allowing our clinical experts to vary the beam size and treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body. Before treatment, a radiation oncologist will determine whether the patient's tumor may need implanted fiducial markers, tiny markers that inserted into the tumor to guide the CyberKnife system track the tumor during treatment. The patient will also be fitted with a custom body support pad, which will help him/her remain relaxed and still during treatment. To monitor breathing, the CyberKnife team will provide the patient with a comfortable LED-enhanced vest or shirt to wear during treatment. During treatment, the patient will lie still, relax, and breathe normally as the CyberKnife's computer-controlled robotic arm moves around his/her body, delivering radiation directly to the tumor or lesion. 

There are numerous benefits of CyberKnife treatment, including:

It's noninvasive, meaning no incisions

There is no anesthesia or hospitalization required

It's painless

It's completed in five or fewer outpatient treatment sessions

There is little to no recovery time, allowing for an immediate return to daily activities

There are minimal, if any, side effects
Due to pinpoint precision of high-dose radiation delivery, there is minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding a tumor

About Reno CyberKnife:

Phone:  (775) 348-9900
Address:  Reno CyberKnife, 645 North Arlington Ave., Ste. 120, Reno, NV 89503

Reno CyberKnife is a service of, and located at, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.

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