The latest version of a robotic radio surgery system is all set to revolutionise cancer treatment by bringing down the treatment time as well as the side effects associated with radiotherapy. The Cyberknife Versatile Simple Intelligent (VSI) has been installed at the Medanta — The Medcity.
“The patient doesn’t need anaesthesia before the session. Nor does it have any side effects, associated with chemotherapy or exposure to radiation,” said Dr Tejinder Kataria, one of the members of the five-member core team formed for operating Cyberknife VSI.
The state-of-the-art technology is capable of curing cancer within a span of 30-40 minutes. Initially, cancers located in the head and spine area could be treated by this technology but the latest version can be used to treat cancers in any part of the body.
“With Cyberknife, a person can be treated in one to five days, unlike radiation or chemotherapy which takes 40 days,” added Kataria.
The Rs. 25-crore equipment focuses precision beams on the affected area with the help of X-ray image guidance, without affecting the surrounding tissues.
Cyberknife VSI was installed in Medanta in July. “We are the first medical facility to install the latest version and we have successfully treated three patients so far with Cyberknife VSI. Two are expected to be treated on Monday,” said Kataria. The treatment costs approximately Rs. 3 lakh, double than a conventional cancer treatment which costs about Rs. 1.5 lakh.
Older versions of Cyberknife are being used at Apollo hospital in Chennai and HCG Oncology hospital in Bangalore.