BLK Cyberknife Center, Delhi, organised a seminar at Hotel Fortune Klassik here to impart information about advanced CyberKnife VSI Technology for cancer treatment to doctors. Around 50 doctors from various hospitals of Ludhiana participated in the seminar.
S Hukku, radiation oncologist at BL Kapur Hospital, New Delhi, said: "BLK Cyberknife Center becomes the first in Asia-Pacific to introduce the most advanced CyberKnife VSI Technology for cancer treatment.
"This is a universally recognised, non-invasive radio-surgery that can treat both cancerous and non-cancerous tumours anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lungs, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidneys."
"This treatment is painless with improved patient comfort. It does not require the use of anesthesia and is feasible on an outpatient basis with little or no recovery period, allowing patients to almost immediately return to normal activities", he added.
He informed the participating doctors that in India, around 400,000 people die every year owing to cancer, making it the third largest killer in the country.
"What makes this technology unique is its ability to deliver higher doses of radiation to the tumour while greatly minimising radiation exposure to healthy tissue and vital organs in the vicinity of the targeted tumour, resulting in no or minimal side effects or post-treatment complications.
"The treatment delivers high doses of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy. This technology offers a revolutionary therapy solution for patients, who have inoperable or surgically complex tumours, or who may be looking for a non-surgical alternative," he further added.
Robotic technology is used continually to track patient's movement and to confirm the tumour location prior to beam delivery, making it possible to treat even the most surgically complex tumours, including those that move with respiration such as lung and pancreas tumours. It has so far been used successfully to treat over 100,000 cancer patients worldwide," said Dr Shikha Halder, radiation oncologist.
She further said, "The VSI Robotic Radiosurgery System is a revolutionary development in cancer treatment. It allows far superior reach and maneuverability to previously inaccessible and inoperable lesions such as lesions involving the spine and pancreas. For those of us who have struggled to address these problems for so long, this comes as a significant development in cancer therapy."