St. Joseph Mercy Health System will start treating cancer patients next week with an advanced radiosurgery system that can attack cancer anywhere in the bodypain-free.
The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System uses a robotic arm, which can adjust the aim of its radiation source on the cancer even as the patient breathes.
In contrast, older technology for brain tumors, for example, requires patients to have a frame screwed into their skull to prevent movement during treatment.
Only 63 of these $4 million units are available nationwide, and St. Joseph said its machine will be the first in Michigan.
The health system, which will offer CyberKnife at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, has blanketed southeast Michigan with billboards and other advertisements touting the new treatment.
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