Oklahoma CyberKnife Celebrates Fifth Year at Hillcrest Medical Center
July 11, 2013
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Oklahoma CyberKnife Celebrates Fifth Year at Hillcrest
Tulsa-based cancer treatment center treats more than 1,000 patients regionally using advanced
TULSA, Okla. – This month, Oklahoma CyberKnife reaches its five-year anniversary treating cancer
patients throughout the Midwest. A service of Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma CyberKnife has
treated more than 1,000 patients since opening in 2008.
Patients from across the region, including Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri, have sought out
Oklahoma CyberKnife to receive treatment using CyberKnife® technology, an advanced nonsurgical
option for the treatment of malignant and benign tumors. Approximately two-thirds of patients treated
at Oklahoma CyberKnife have come from outside of the center’s primary service area.
“Each anniversary we celebrate constitutes not only a deepening of our relati onship with the cancer
community, but also steady growth in our expertise,” said Dr. Diane Heaton, Oklahoma CyberKnife
In recent years, Oklahoma CyberKnife has become one of the area’s leading cancer centers in
treating tumors of the lung, brain and prostate using CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy.
During this method of treatment, the CyberKnife delivers very precise high-dose radiation beams to
tumors from a variety of angles. Patients are typically treated in five or fewer sessions and experience
few to no side effects following treatment. As an added benefit, CyberKnife tracks tumors in real time
and adjusts for patient movement during treatment, which minimizes radiation exposure to healthy
tissue surrounding tumors.
In addition to treating cancerous tumors, Oklahoma CyberKnife has treated nearly 100 patients with
trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating nerve disorder characterized by extreme facial pain. As the first
physician to perform stereotactic radiosurgery in the state of Oklahoma, Dr. Heaton has extensive
experience treating this condition using CyberKnife.
“Just as the CyberKnife delivers radiation to tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy, we can deliver
highly focused radiation to the trigeminal neuralgia nerve to interrupt pain-causing fibers,” Dr. Heaton
said. “This pinpoint accuracy can reduce side effects associated with pain medication or invasive
treatment methods, and TN patients can typically return to normal activity after procedures.”
In addition to treating non-cancerous conditions like trigeminal neuralgia, CyberKnife stereotactic
body radiation therapy is gaining attention as an effective treatment for prostate cancer. In 2013, the
American Society for Radiation Oncology endorsed SBRT as a first line treatment option for prostate
cancer. This means SBRT can be considered a primary form of treatment for prostate cancer.
“With five or fewer procedures required for treating prostate cancer, the ease of CyberKnife treatment
and ability to return quickly to normal routines with minimal side effects draws many men with this
disease,” Dr. Heaton said. “There is also a growing library of clinical data affirming the procedure is a
safe and effective method of treatment for prostate cancer.”
Oklahoma CyberKnife is a service of Hillcrest Medical Center and is located off the hospital’s main
campus at 6802 South Olympia Ave. in Tulsa. For more information, call (918) 949-6676.