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Brain cancer treatment advances at Capital Health

TRENTON -- Capital Health hopes to enroll 20 brain cancer patients in a study to determine the effectiveness of its CyberKnife® surgery system in cases of resected metastatic tumors.

Trenton’s leading medical center is the only one in this region teaming up with the Community Cancer Center of Normal, Il., to evaluate a new treatment combining radio surgery and radiation.

“Through this study, we hope to discover improved treatment options that result in better tumor control without the serious side effects associated with traditional radiation therapy,” saida study investigator, Dr. John Lipani, CH’s director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery and director of Neurosurgical Oncology.

In a press release, CH said recent treatment guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network suggest surgical resection of large metastatic brain lesions followed by external beam radiation therapy is the most effective way to control the spread of cancer.

But radiation can destroy nearby healthy brain tissue along with cancer cells, of course, and that can leave a patient with serious side effects like memory loss and personality change.

This study is being done in collaboration with Dr. Don Stacy, who heads the CyberKnife program at the Community Cancer Center in Illinois.

In the next year, Capital Health hopes to enroll 20 patients in this brain metastasis protocol. Patients must have undergone initial surgery to remove from one to three metastatic brain tumors.

After consenting to participate in the study, patients will be asked to undergo a history and physical examination to evaluate their candidacy for the trial. For more information on the CyberKnife study, call the Capital Health CyberKnife Center’s research office at 609-394-4503.

The Capital Health CyberKnife Center provides a state-of-the-art non-invasive process for treating tumors, without anesthesia. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is an image-guided radiosurgery system that delivers radiation to tumors in the brain, spine and anywhere in the body with pinpoint accuracy while avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue. For more information, visit ... 530453.txt

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