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HCA buys CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for its Harley Street Clinic

Accuray : 04 October, 2007  (New Product)
The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), has purchased its seventh Accuray CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for HCA’s The Harley Street Clinic in London, UK.
The purchase marks HCA’s first non-US CyberKnife System installation.

“CyberKnife is the most significant technological advance in Radiotherapy since the linear accelerator,” said Neil Buckley, chief executive of The Harley Street Clinic and director of HCA’s cancer services in London. “This will have many benefits for patients and it is a major boost for London as an international centre for medical excellence.”

According to Europe’s Institute of Cancer Research, 284,560 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2004. Prostate cancer and lung cancer make up 12 percent and 13 percent of those diagnosed cases respectively.

“The linking of several technologies from CT and PET scanning with an accelerator head that can move with the patient’s every breath means tumours can be targeted with greater accuracy than was previously possible,” said Nick Plowman, MD, oncologist and clinical director of the new CyberKnife Centre. “This machine has shown remarkable results over its years of use in the USA and elsewhere.”

Currently, CyberKnife Systems are installed in six HCA locations, including CyberKnife Center of North Florida Radiation Oncology in Gainesville, Florida, USA; CyberKnife Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, USA; St. Lucie Medical CyberKnife Treatment Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Florida, USA; Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, USA; and Methodist CyberKnife Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

“HCA has a reputation for bringing the most cutting-edge capabilities to its hospitals and we are honoured they’ve selected the CyberKnife System as a cancer treatment of choice for seven of their facilities,” said Euan S Thomson, PhD, president and CEO of Accuray. “This contract puts us one step closer to making CyberKnife Radiosurgery an option for every cancer patient around the world.”

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