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HMFW CyberKnife® Center Named Among World's Top Facilities
03/17/2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - Josie Myers-Thurmon, 54, a resident of Weatherford, never imagined a simple sore throat and cough could be cancer.  Tonsil cancer, no less! 

"There are approximately 10,000 to 12,000 tonsil cases diagnosed in the United States each year," said Peter LaNasa, M.D., medical director of the Harris Methodist Fort Worth (HMFW) CyberKnife® Center.  "This is still a pretty rare type of cancer compared to other types of cancer, like breast, lung or prostate cancer."

Myers-Thurmon was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in July 2006 and went through extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. LaNasa advised Myers-Thurmon to receive her "final boost" using CyberKnife,® and she only required one treatment.  Today, Myers-Thurmon is in remission. 

Top 10 Treatment Sites in the World
Fortunately for Myers-Thurmon, she and 254 other patients in 2007 benefited from the experience and expertise of the internationally recognized Harris Methodist Fort Worth CyberKnife® team. 

The HMFW CyberKnife® Center was recently ranked seventh among the top 10 extracranial treatment facilities in the world by Accuray, having treated 143 extracranial tumors - those located outside of the brain - in 2007. The center experienced the largest volume during the fourth quarter, treating 49 extracranial patients. The only hospital in Texas to be honored, HMFW was recognized along with hospitals in China, Korea, Spain and six other hospitals nationally.*   

"I had a tremendous amount of confidence in my doctors and the entire CyberKnife® team at Harris," Myers-Thurmon said. "I was excited to be part of this new technology that would eliminate my need for surgery. Since my experience with CyberKnife®, I have referred my father-in-law who also had the CyberKnife® treatment."

Patient-Focused Technology
The CyberKnife® Radiosurgery System is surgery performed without incisions, blood loss, or anesthesia, and it requires little or no recovery time. The quick, 60- to 90-minute outpatient procedure allows patients to receive treatment and resume their normal daily activities. For some patients, like Myers-Thurmon, traditional surgery and a long hospital stay was not necessary to control the cancer.

"More and more patients are choosing CyberKnife®, because it is minimally invasive and allows the patients to get back to their lives quickly," LaNasa said. "We also treat brain tumors with CyberKnife, but we are excited to have been recently recognized for our work in treating extracranial tumors. We have expanded our services to treat more types of tumors, like prostate and lung, allowing more patients to have new treatment options upon diagnosis."

Patient can also benefit from CyberKnife® by having few or no complications with treatment, no hospital stay, and use the treatment in conjunction with other cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation.

Considering CyberKnife®
Patients seeking more information about CyberKnife® radiosurgery should consult their physician, visit www.harrismethodisthospitals.org/hmfw/cancer, or call 1-866-296-6631.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmfw.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.  The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Arlington Memorial Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

 


 

* Information on Top 10 extracranial sites provided by Accuray Inc., manufacturer of Cyberknife®.

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