279 cancer patients get treatment through CyberKnife in 2013

Karachi: Project Director CyberKnife Unit of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Prof Tariq Mehmood revealed on Friday that as many as 905 sessions of radio-surgery were successfully held in the year 2013, in which 279 cancer patients were successfully treated.

Talking to PPI, Prof Tariq said: “We have successfully completed 905 sessions of radio-surgery and treated cases of brain, head, neck and spinal tumours including acoustic neuromas, arteriovenous, malformations, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, schawanomas, galiomas, neurofibromas, astrocytomas, GBM, brain metastasis, giant cell tumour, chordoma, nerve sheath tumour, haemangioblastoma, post surgical chondrosarcoma, glomus jugulare.”

He said CyberKnife system was brought to Pakistan for the first time in December 2012 under public-private partnership, adding they have been treating four to six patients per day at their Unit through this new robotic surgery.

He said 48 percent patients treated at CyberKnife Unit belonged to Sindh province, 31 percent to Punjab, 11 percent to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 6 percent to Balochistan and 3.5 percent patients were came from different countries including Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria, Russia and Afghanistan.

He said that the robot could cure early stage of cancer of brain, head and neck, spine, prostate, lungs cancers etc by one to five sessions of two-hour radio-surgery.

He informed that Google Search engine has recently upgraded the history of CyberKnife Surgery that showed that JPMC CyberKnife Unit of Pakistan is the only place where it is offered free of cost treatment to patients. He said treatment of cancer patients through CyberKnife is very costly process and the per-patient cost of treatment in Europe/ USA varies from USD 50,000 to 90,000.

Prof Tariq explained that CyberKnife treatment is cutting-edge technology, as it is precise, painless and non-invasive (no injections/anaesthesia is require). He said it is a daycare procedure without any significant side-effects and patients can go back to work next day.

He said any case of patient opting for CyberKnife treatment is discussed by a radiologist, radiation-oncologist, physician and radiation therapist.