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CyberKnife® Robotic Radiotherapy System Makes Its Northern Virginia Debut

Arlington, VA (November 19, 2007) - Virginia Hospital Center has acquired the CyberKnife® robotic radiotherapy system, a next-generation cancer treatment system that precisely delivers multiple beams of radiation at a tumor while minimizing damage to nearby healthy tissue. The first and only CyberKnife found in northern Virginia will be installed later this fall.

"It's a spectacular machine - there's nothing else like it in the world," says Charles J. Riedel, MD, Director of Neurosurgery at Virginia Hospital Center. "One of its most exciting features is its capability to deliver robotic radiotherapy to targets that move with the patient's breathing, such as the lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas."

An innovative radiotherapy device, the CyberKnife is designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. The system uses computer-controlled robotics aided by guidance technology to continuously track, detect and correct for any changes in a tumor's location or patient's movement throughout the treatment. It can be used to treat tumors previously considered inoperable, usually on an outpatient basis with far fewer complications than conventional cancer therapies. Multiple tumors can be treated during a single treatment session. The entire treatment can be delivered in five sessions or less.



"Although the CyberKnife is specifically designed for treating small lesions of the skull and brain, it can also be used to treat tumors in the spinal cord, tumors in the vertebrae, and we anticipate using it to treat prostate cancer, tumors in the chest and mediastinum, and even the pancreas," said W. Bruce Lundeen, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Hospital Center. "It's entirely fair to call it revolutionary."

The Hospital has made significant investments in renovating the Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Outpatient Oncology Center including enhancements to the Radiation Oncology Department where the CyberKnife will be located. With the latest addition of the CyberKnife technology, the Radiation Oncology Department will now consist of approximately 14,000 square feet.

"Virginia Hospital Center is thrilled to be the only hospital in northern Virginia to offer such advanced technology to the community," said James B. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer at Virginia Hospital Center. "Bringing the CyberKnife to our patients clearly demonstrates the Hospital's commitment to providing the most advanced and effective cancer care to our community."

About Virginia Hospital Center:
For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center's new $150 million state-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Neuroscience, Oncology, Women & Infant Health and Urology. Growing service lines include Executive Health and the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University's School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. For additional information, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.


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