National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

Louisville CyberKnife Welcomes Alden Klarer, M.D.

Louisville CyberKnife announced that radiation oncologist Alden Klarer, M.D. has joined their cancer care treatment team. Dr. Klarer received her medical doctorate from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also completed her internship and residency. Dr. Klarer has had a strong interest in the field of oncology since taking her first job after college

Treating Metastatic Brain Tumors with CyberKnife Technology

Lung cancer often spreads to the brain.  About 10 percent of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have brain metastases at their initial diagnosis and as many as 40 percent will eventually develop metastatic brain tumors at some stage during their illness. Vivian Wilson was part of that 40 percent.  The 57-year-old Kentucky resident

Cancer Screen Week 2020

Cancer Screen Week 2020According to the American Cancer Society, almost 607,000 people are expected to die from cancer in 2020. Regular screening can help find certain cancers early when they are most likely to be treated successfully. This Cancer Screen Week (Dec 7-11), help us raise awareness and learn more of the potentially lifesaving benefits

Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia: Typical vs. Atypical

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare and excruciating nerve disorder that can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the head, and causes debilitating pain in various parts of the face and jaw region. Trigeminal neuralgia is usually categorized as typical or atypical, with symptoms differing depending on the

Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many cancer patients are having to make the difficult decision to continue with their current cancer regimen or delay treatments.  Cancer patients and physicians must carefully weigh the potential benefit of routine cancer care versus the risk of COVID-19. To help ease these decisions, several peer-reviewed, non-profit cancer care organizations

New Clinical Trials for Prostate Cancer Now Available

Two clinical trials opened for enrollment in late 2019 at UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center for eligible men with prostate cancer. “Since the Brown Cancer Center has these clinical trials available, we can offer our prostate cancer patients the latest cancer treatments,” Scott Silva, M.D., Ph.D. , radiation oncologist, said. Men with favorable intermediate risk

Vernon's Story

Vernon Traxler suffered from painful trigeminal neuralgia for over 16 years before he found relief with CyberKnife. Watch Vernon explain what those years felt like and how he feels now after being treated by CyberKnife.

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Sexual Function

When deciding which treatment option is best for their prostate cancer, men take numerous factors into consideration.  While their physician’s recommendation does play an important role in the treatment decision, in the end, most men make the choice that is best for them.  That choice is often based on treatment outcomes and side effects, and

Studies Show CyberKnife Provides Excellent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates in Five or Fewer Sessions

Accuray Incorporated, developer and manufacturer of the CyberKnife® System, announced that published data from two multicenter studies using differing protocols provide consistent results and reinforce the use of the CyberKnife system for the effective management of low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.  The studies are the largest conducted to date evaluating stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Study Finds SBRT Better than Surgery in Post-Treatment Lung Cancer Survival

In a recent new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with non-small cell lung cancer who underwent stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) had a better post-treatment survival rate than those who received surgery. The gold standard for the treatment

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Priscilla's Story

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve (a three-branched nerve that carries sensations from the face to the brain and controls facial motor functions such as biting and chewing). TN is characterized by episodes of sudden, explosive severe pain along the trigeminal nerve, with periods of pain-free remission between attacks.

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Radiation Therapy

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition.  TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder

ASTRO Issues Guidelines for Using High-dose Focused Radiation in Early-stage Lung Cancer

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the premier radiation oncology society in the world for health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies, has released new guidelines for treating inoperable lung cancer patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The report, “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung

To Screen or Not to Screen for Lung Cancer?

A new study in CHEST, a peer-reviewed medical journal covering chest diseases and related issues, determined that a structured prescreening counseling and shared decision-making visit with health care professionals leads to a better understanding of the benefits and risks, as well as the eligibility criteria, of lung cancer screening using a low-dose CT scan. This

American Urological Association, American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Urologic Oncology Release Joint Prostate Cancer Guidelines

Last week, the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) released collaborative clinical guidelines for managing localized prostate cancer which offers a framework for shared decision-making between physicians and patients.  Through this collaboration, the committee provided guidance on active surveillance and on which treatments

Radiosurgery Society Study Examines Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Outcomes in the Treatment of Lung Metastases

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a non-profit medical society dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery, recently published a study using data from its RSSearch Patient Registry, a multi-institutional, observational registry established to standardize data collection from patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The study, titled “Lung

Scientists Find New Gene Tool for Predicting Course of Prostate Cancer

A recent research paper in Oncotarget, a weekly peer-reviewed open access medical journal covering research on all aspects of oncology, reported that researchers from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have discovered a possible new tool for predicting whether prostate cancer will reoccur following surgery based on the expression patterns of

The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

A recent article from CancerConnect.com, a patient-focused cancer website, suggests that if you have been diagnosed with cancer, seeking a second opinion will allow you to learn more about your cancer type and make truly informed decisions about treatment. The article recommends that all cancer patients should consider seeing at least one additional expert after

Employee Spotlight: Mark Terry

Title:  Radiation Therapist                 How long have you worked in the oncology industry?  I have worked in healthcare for over 22 years.  I have spent the last 13 years at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  What do you do in your role at Louisville CyberKnife? I deliver

Louisville CyberKnife Accredited by the American College of Radiology

Louisville CyberKnife is proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. 

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

Shorter Radiation Regimen Gets Same Results as Conventional Treatment

Researchers at the 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium reported that a recent 2016 study found that prostate cancer radiation regimen that delivers less radiation over a shorter period of time still provides equivalent oncologic control for low-risk patients as does conventional radiation schemes.  For the study, published earlier this year in the American Society of Clinical

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure

According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, a five-year study shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches.  The study, the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer, found a 98.6 percent

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives

A recent study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the official journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, found that false-positive findings for CT-based screening for lung cancer were uncommon.  The results of the study is good news because even though CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term

Dr. Shiao Woo Speaks at Gilda’s Club Cancer Support Group

On Tuesday, May 17, Shiao Woo M.D., M.B.B.S, F.A.C.R, Medical Director at Louisville Cyberknife, spoke at the Louisville chapter of Gilda’s Club.  Gilda’s Club is a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends.  Local chapters provide meeting places where those living with cancer, their families, and friends can join with others

Louisville CyberKnife Hosts Educational Cancer Dinner

On Monday, May 16, Louisville CyberKnife hosted a continuing medical education (CME) dinner for local physicians, primary care providers, hospital staff, and other local clinicians.   Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Lung Cancer Pushes Kentucky's Cancer Rate to the Highest in the Nation

According to a recent article in USA Today, about 10,000 Kentuckians a year die from cancer, the highest rate in the nation.  Experts say the biggest culprit is lung cancer, which strikes and kills Kentuckians at rates 50% higher than the national average, but Kentucky’s death rates also rank in the Top 10 nationally for

Louisville CyberKnife Prostate Cancer Survivor Speaks at Us TOO Meeting

Louisville CyberKnife recently had prostate cancer survivor and former patient, Al Bissmeyer, speak at an Us TOO prostate cancer support group chapter meeting.  The meeting, which takes place on the second Wednesday of every month, was held December 9th at Jewish Medical Center East in Louisville.  Mr. Bissmeyer was a guest speaker at the meeting

Louisville CyberKnife Ranks Top in Company in Patient Satisfaction

Louisville CyberKnife has been ranked number one in patient satisfaction by Alliance Oncology, the nationwide leader in radiosurgery programs.   Louisville CyberKnife is a joint venture between James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Alliance Oncology.  Of the 31 radiation therapy centers that Alliance Oncology partners with, Louisville CyberKnife ranked first in patient satisfaction for the

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung

Patient Education: Cancer Recurrence Common Terms and What They Mean

Once treatment is completed, many cancer survivors find they have still have issues and concerns that they did not expect.  The one people fear the most is the news that the cancer has come back.  Patients coping with a second cancer diagnosis may hear unfamiliar medical terms related to their disease and its treatment.  We’ve

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Infographic: Metastatic Cancer

When Cancer Comes Back My cancer came back.  Four words that no one ever wants to say, or hear a loved one say.   They fought the battle once and now their cancer is back and in a new location in their body.  Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from the place where

Study Confirms Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy Effectiveness for Early-Stage Lung Cancer

Louisville CyberKnife Proudly Supports the Radiosurgical Research Institute The Radiosurgical Research Institute (RRI), a 501c3 public charity, is the only independent medical research organization committed to improving the outcomes of cancer patients treated with radiosurgery.  Its mission is to advance radiosurgery as a cancer treatment through innovation, education, and quality research in collaboration with treatment

Dr. Dragun and Dr. Gurka Talk about CyberKnife as an Alternative to Surgery on WHAS-TV’s Great Day Live

Research Shows Metastatic Brain Tumor Patients Under 50 Have Improved Survival Rates with Stereotactic Radiosurgery Data from a study recently published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology indicates that patients under 50 with limited metastatic brain tumors should receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) without whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) for chances of improved survival. Researchers analyzed

Insurance Policy Update: Humana Now Covers SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Insurance Policy Update: Humana Now Covers SBRT for Prostate Cancer Humana recently announced it has updated its position on stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  A recent policy update now covers SBRT treatment for early and intermediate stage prostate cancer. The Humana policy change follows similar updates from insurance providers and research organizations

Men’s Health Month: The Value of a Second Opinion

June is Men’s Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness around education and prevention of the health problems men face and encouraging men to seek regular medical advice. One such health issue is prostate cancer. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in men, and the American Cancer Society estimates more than

Cancer Terms to Know: Local Control

If you or a loved one is preparing to undergo cancer treatment and have been presented with various treatment options, one of the many medical terms you may have heard is “local control.” Local control is defined as the stopping of cancer growth at the origin. Treatment outcomes may be described in terms of the

Words from Our Patients: Lung Cancer Testimonials

Deciding on a treatment after a lung cancer diagnosis can be a difficult and confusing time. For patients assessing their treatment options, some of the best insights often come from other lung cancer patients who have been through treatment themselves. Below are testimonials from former patients who underwent CyberKnife® treatment for lung cancer: “CyberKnife was

National Women’s Health Week: 2015 ACS Women’s Cancer Statistics

May 10-16 is National Women’s Health Week, a time to empower women of all ages to make their health a priority and to increase efforts to educate women on ways to improve their health. In recognition of this national health observation, we’re highlighting a few 2015 women’s cancer facts from the American Cancer Society below:

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: The Role of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

May marks the observance of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Louisville CyberKnife joins these efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors and treatment options. Brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these therapies. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are used widely as secondary treatment following surgery, and both therapies

CyberKnife Treatment Capabilities for Recurrent Lung Cancer

Although a recurrent lung cancer diagnosis can cause feelings of shock and distress, patients can feel hopeful that there are ways to target the recurrent cancer even if they have had treatment in the lung before. At Louisville CyberKnife, our team of multidisciplinary physicians with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center collaborates to offer optimal

Video: Louisville CyberKnife Medical Director Dr. Shiao Woo

Louisville CyberKnife medical director, Dr. Shiao Woo, is an experienced radiation oncologist and an integral part of our center’s clinical team. Watch the video below to hear Dr. Woo share more about his patient care philosophy. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It

National Cancer Control Month: Early Detection Efforts

April is Cancer Control Month, a national observance that highlights advances in cancer treatment, prevention and early detection of cancer. Since preventive screenings are one of the best defenses against cancer, Louisville CyberKnife aims to promote education and awareness around these life-saving early detection efforts. Catching cancer early is often one of the most critical

The American Cancer Society Reports Major Decline in Cancer Deaths Nationwide

A new report released by the American Cancer Society announced that cancer deaths have dropped a record 22 percent since 1991, sparing an estimated 1.5 million lives. The ACS largely attributes the decline to an increase in preventive measures, as well as a decrease in smoking in the past two decades. Advances in cancer-treatment technology and

Presentation: CyberKnife Treatment for Brain Tumors

If you or a loved one is considering CyberKnife® treatment for a brain tumor diagnosis, the presentation below includes useful information about the disease and CyberKnife technology that you may find helpful as you make your treatment decision. For more information about how Louisville CyberKnife treats benign and malignant brain tumors with CyberKnife, contact our center

Louisville CyberKnife Medical Director’s Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Shiao Woo, a board-certified radiation oncologist, serves as medical director of Louisville CyberKnife, as well as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. An integral part of our center’s clinical team since Louisville CyberKnife opened in partnership with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Infographic: 2015 Cancer Statistics for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society recently released its 2015 Facts and Figures Report, an annual report that provides the most current cancer information and projected statistics for the year. The infographic below highlights a few of the top statistics outlined in the report for lung cancer and prostate cancer cases in Kentucky and the United States. Kentucky

From the Doc: CyberKnife Advantages for Recurrent Cancer

When patients receive a recurrent cancer diagnosis, they may feel a number of emotions. This is common and understandable. Patients who find out their cancer has come back often wonder whether their treatment options are limited if they have previously undergone surgery or radiation therapy to treat their primary cancer. When cancer comes back, CyberKnife® stereotactic

February 4 is World Cancer Day

With a goal of raising awareness of cancer, prevention methods and treatment options, February 4 is recognized annually as World Cancer Day.  Health organizations and cancer societies around the globe honor this day through community events and localized initiatives aimed at mobilizing support and raising funds for the fight against cancer.  If you or a

New Research Supports CyberKnife for Neurological Disease Treatment

Two studies recently presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) reinforced the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for neurological diseases, using the CyberKnife® system. Dr. Alfredo Conti from the University Hospital of Messina in Italy used CyberKnife in one study to treat perioptic meningioma, a type of benign tumor

The Emotional Side of Cancer Recurrence

Patients who experience the return of cancer may feel a range of emotions before, during and after treatment including anxiety, fear or depression. At Louisville CyberKnife, we work hard to make your cancer care experience positive and comfortable. For patients with a recurrent cancer, we understand the emotional toll this can have on you and

Recurrent Lung Cancer Patient: Janice's Story

When Janice Fulton received a diagnosis for recurrent lung cancer, she wasn’t sure what options would be available to her. “I was one of those people who had a million questions and every one of my questions was answered,” she said. Her treating physician, Dr. Neal Dunlap, suggested CyberKnife® after determining that her tumor was located

What You Need to Know: Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men and not only impacts the lives of those diagnosed with the disease, but also their friends and family. Louisville CyberKnife encourages men and their loved ones to be aware of prostate cancer prevention tactics, which may reduce the risk of developing the

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

At Louisville CyberKnife, medical physicists play a key role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of our CyberKnife® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by

CyberKnife Treatment Overview: SRS for Glioblastomas

Glioblastomas are a type of brain tumor that can develop from astrocytes, cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain. Usually highly malignant, glioblastomas can reproduce quickly and invade and live within normal brain tissue. Treatment options for glioblastomas can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Louisville CyberKnife treats glioblastomas and other brain tumors

The Value of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center

As a proud department of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville CyberKnife has access to an experienced physician staff that enables our team to offer patients a multidisciplinary approach in which a variety of surgery and oncology experts collaborate to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Hear from our physicians on why they enjoy being part

When Lung Cancer Spreads to the Brain: Rhonda's Story

Louisville CyberKnife recently treated metastatic lung cancer patient Rhonda R. using CyberKnife® technology. Read her story to find out more about her patient experience at our center: Though Rhonda R. took her lung cancer diagnosis in stride, she wasn’€™t ready for the news that it had spread. Rhonda thought her treatment was complete after undergoing surgery

Video: Prostate Cancer Patient Testimonial

When seeking information about treatment options, former patients are a great resource to learn more about the procedure and its effects. Watch the video below to hear from Willis R., a former CyberKnife prostate cancer patient at our center. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health

Screening for Prostate Cancer: Pros and Cons

As men grow older, maintaining prostate health is among several goals to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. One of the common questions men have about prostate health is whether to undergo screening for prostate cancer with a prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA. A PSA test helps check the health of the prostate gland

A New Website Aims to Track Lung Cancer Data in Louisville

A newly launched city website is set to begin tracking community goals for reducing health problems and cancer rates in Louisville for the next six years.   An initiative of the Healthy Louisville 2020 campaign, HealthyLouisvilleMetro.org tracks the rates of health issues and diseases including lung cancer in Louisville.  The Healthy Louisville 2020 campaign is a strategic

Louisville CyberKnife Commemorates 20 Years of CyberKnife Technology

Louisville CyberKnife is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife® technology in 2014. Dr. John Adler developed the original prototype in 1994 at Stanford with the goal of treating tumors throughout the body with radiosurgery, a treatment that at the time was restricted to head and neck tumors. Officially approved by the U.S. Food

The Movember Movement and Prostate Cancer Awareness

Movember is the month-long annual fundraising campaign for men’s health lead by The Movember Foundation, a leading global organization whose mission is to raise awareness for male health issues including prostate cancer. The foundation challenges men across the globe to put away their razors for 30 days and grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness

Research Update: CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer

If you’re considering CyberKnife® treatment for a prostate cancer diagnosis, below are two recently published studies to help you learn more about how CyberKnife can help you. The results of both studies support the safety and effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy for prostate cancer, an advanced treatment approach that targets radiation to match the

Talking to Your Doctor About Prostate Cancer Screenings

The prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, is the screening method used to detect prostate cancer. But for men 50 years and older, the decision to undergo a PSA is often a tough choice due to the varying pros and cons associated with the test that even some doctors have difficulty explaining to their patients.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: How CyberKnife Can Help

October 7 is National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a time to raise awareness for a rare nerve disorder that many have never heard of. Often referred to as the “suicide disease” due to the unbearable pain patients experience, trigeminal neuralgia (TN) can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest

Wellpoint Anthem Updates Policy to Include Coverage of SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the second largest commercial payer in the United States, recently announced that it has updated its SRS/SBRT policy to cover treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is a powerful, noninvasive treatment approach that targets radiation beams to match the size and shape of

Video: Dr. Woo Talks Stereotactic Radiosurgery on WHAS-TV

Video: Dr. Woo Talks Stereotactic Radiosurgery on WHAS-TV Louisville CyberKnife medical director Dr. Shiao Woo recently appeared on WHAS-TV’s Great Day Live to discuss CyberKnife® and its benefits for patients. Watch his segment below. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended

Our Team Talks CyberKnife: Dr. Dragun

Our Team Talks CyberKnife: Dr. Dragun Dr. Anthony Dragun, a Louisville CyberKnife board-certified radiation oncologist, serves as an associate professor, vice chair and residency program director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. As a physician at our center, Dr. Dragun works with a number of cancer specialists

Words from Our Patients: Trigeminal Neuralgia Patient

We count our patients among the best sources for information on the CyberKnife® experience. Hear from our patient, Jill D. on her experience with trigeminal neuralgia treatment. “Before undergoing CyberKnife, I had been treated for recurrent trigeminal neuralgia with Gamma Knife and surgery. CyberKnife was certainly the easiest. During Gamma Knife, you are required to

Patient Care: Role of the CyberKnife Nurse

From the initial consultation with our radiation oncologist to follow-up appointments with your own physician, Louisville CyberKnife’s nurse is there every step of the way to ensure every patient need and concern is addressed. Our dedicated CyberKnife nurse helps keep things running smoothly by providing crucial clinical support and care coordination for patients. This includes

Understanding Metastatic Lung Cancer

Dr. Dragun Talks Trigeminal Neuralgia on WAVE 3 Listens Live Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve condition that causes excruciating pain in the face, and is one of several non-cancerous conditions we treat at Louisville CyberKnife. Watch the video below to see Louisville CyberKnife’s Dr. Anthony Dragun discuss how CyberKnife® treats this painful nerve disorder on

Patient Resources: Louisville CyberKnife YouTube Channel

If you or a loved one is interested in receiving CyberKnife® treatment, it’s important to review the treatment process and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. Louisville CyberKnife’s YouTube channel has several videos to introduce you to the CyberKnife treatment process, testimonials from former patients, disease-specific treatment overviews and interviews with

National Women's Health Week: Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Lungs

This week marks National Women’s Health Week, a national observance aimed at empowering women to prioritize their health. As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., breast cancer is among the most dangerous diseases facing women today. Louisville CyberKnife urges women to take early detection seriously, as many may be unaware that breast

Get to Know: Louisville CyberKnife Medical Director Dr. Shiao Woo

Louisville CyberKnife medical director, Dr. Shiao Woo is an experienced, board-certified radiation oncologist with an extensive background in oncology and cancer research. View the presentation below to learn more about Dr. Woo’s background and the numerous contributions he’s made to the cancer community.  

The Benefits of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for Brain Tumor Patients

A recent clinical study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting, showed that adult cancer patients younger than 50 with a limited number of brain metastases have improved overall survival after stereotactic radiosurgery. The study goes on to highlight the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery for metastatic brain tumors including the minimal exposure

From the Courier Journal: Kentucky Smoking Tops Nation

From the Courier Journal: Kentucky Smoking Tops Nation Kentucky has long ranked among the states with the highest death and incidence rate for lung cancer and an article from the Courier Journal explains the pitfalls and attempted progress the state has made to combat this ongoing issue. The article cites a report from the U.S. Surgeon

Misdiagnoses: Signs You Might Have Trigeminal Neuralgia

Misdiagnoses: Signs You Might Have Trigeminal Neuralgia Said to be one of the most excruciating human conditions known, Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a painful and often debilitating facial nerve disorder that causes sudden shock-like or burning facial pains. Unfortunately, TN it is often misdiagnosed as a dental problem since the disorder often causes sharp jaw

Understanding CyberKnife: What is a Linear Accelerator?

The CyberKnife is made up of several components that function together to ensure patients receive treatment quickly and efficiently. One of the most important parts of the CyberKnife machine is the linear accelerator. The linear accelerator is the highly advanced machine inside the CyberKnife system that generates high-dose radiation beams. Attached to CyberKnife’s highly maneuverable

Healthy Resolutions: Local Support to Quit Smoking

A research study published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology cited that quittingsmoking often ranks among the top ten new year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those surveyed achieve their annual goals. Whether you’ve attempted to quit smoking in the past or are making this resolution for the first time, here are a few

Patient Resources: Healing Through Art

As a service of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, we encourage our patients to take advantage of the wonderful programs available to them. Watch this video to learn more about how art can help you through your cancer journey. For more information on the patient support services the James Graham Brown Cancer Center offers,

What is the trigeminal nerve?

As one of the most vital nerves in the head, the trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting and chewing. It is the largest of the cranial nerves and has three major branches that assist with sensory and motor functions including biting, chewing and sensations in

Research Notes: SBRT for Lung Cancer

In the past year, a number of studies have continued to add to the library of clinical research detailing the efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer. Below are a few highlights of recent findings: In a study completed by Virginia Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, researchers found that combining SBRT

Words from CyberKnife Patients

More and more patients are seeking CyberKnife treatment across the country and sharing their experiences with the cancer care community. Theresa T., a lung cancer patient, was treated at another center and discovered CyberKnife after looking for a noninvasive option to treat the spread of her disease. After previously undergoing surgery, she hoped to avoid

Blog for a Cure: Influential Lung Cancer Blogs

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. For diagnosed lung cancer patients and families seeking insight and support, connecting with other patients and their loved ones can often be a valuable resource. Below are a few influential bloggers who have used their blog to become a voice for the

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness for the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 4,560 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Kentucky this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Shine a Light

Louisville CyberKnife Highlights Achievements in Lung Cancer Treatment

This month Louisville CyberKnife completes its first year of operations at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The center opened last fall as the first program to offer stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology in Kentuckiana and the second in the state of Kentucky. The availability of this treatment has been particularly important for

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October, the breast cancer community gathers to raise awareness and garner support for the fight against breast cancer. There are many ways to support the more than 232,340 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Below are a few opportunities to get involved and find support in the Louisville area. Making

Louisville CyberKnife Celebrates First Year at James Graham Brown Cancer Center

This month Louisville CyberKnife is celebrating one year since launching the CyberKnife program at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. We’ve treated more than 100 patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy. In addition, we celebrated a number of milestones this year including: The endorsement of SBRT as a primary option for prostate cancer treatment by

Blog for a Cure: Influential Prostate Cancer Blogs

For diagnosed prostate cancer patients and families seeking information, the most powerful insights can come from those who have experienced the disease firsthand. Connecting with other patients or their families can provide a community for emotional support and a comfortable space to seek advice. Check out the blogs below for some of the most influential

From the Doc: Benefits of SBRT for Prostate Cancer Patients

Find out how stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife® can benefit prostate cancer patients. Below are some advantages from our medical director Dr. Shiao Woo. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options? CyberKnife offers patients a noninvasive treatment option that doesn’t impede their lifestyle. CyberKnife can treat prostate cancer patients in five or

Prostate Series: Treatment Comparison

Once prostate cancer has been diagnosed, the right treatment option can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Not only is the stage and grade of the tumor important, but also the age, health and lifestyle of the patient. Below is a basic overview of prostate cancer treatment options. Consult your doctor and physicians

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is

Prostate Cancer by the Numbers: American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

Have you seen the latest prostate cancer facts and figures released by the American Cancer Society? We’ve included some noteworthy stats below. To learn more, visit the prostate cancer section of the American Cancer Society website. This post is part of a series dedicated to addressing one of the most important health issues facing men

Prostate Cancer Staging

Prostate cancer is staged using the TNM system, established by the American Joint Committee on Cancer. The system uses five factors to stage prostate cancer: 1.The size of the tumor or “T” 2.The presence of cancer in nearby lymph nodes or “N”3.Whether the cancer has metastasized “M” 4.The PSA level at diagnosis 5.Gleason score based

Spotlight On: Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a disease specific to men and develops in the prostate “Ò a walnut-shaped organ in a man’s lower abdomen that controls the flow of urine and semen through the reproductive system. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing tumor, often causing no symptoms until it reaches a

Hospital Partner Spotlight: James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Home of the first nationally accredited radiation oncology program in Louisville, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville is committed to curing cancer through clinical and research programs. It works to generate new knowledge and more effective methods of care, while treating patients with compassion and respect. The center provides high-quality

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Information

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to educate others, fundraise and offer support to brain tumor patients. Here’s what you should know about brain tumors: More than 170,000 Americans will face a brain tumor diagnosis this year. Brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these therapies.

Spotlight On: Brain Tumors

According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery is an advanced treatment option for brain tumors, providing an important nonsurgical alternative for patients. Below is a brief overview of brain tumors, incidence rates and treatment options. The information provided

Spotlight On: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition. TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder usually

Spotlight On: The Stages of Cancer

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, determining the stage of the cancer is an important next step. Staging describes the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, which helps doctors determine the best course of treatment and a prognosis. Common Staging Procedures and Types: The most common staging is TNM, which designates three aspects of

Louisville CyberKnife hosts Continuing Medical Education Event

Louisville CyberKnife was honored to host Dr. John Adler, inventor of CyberKnife®, as the guest speaker at a Continuing Education event for area physicians. Dr. Adler, endowed professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, spoke to a group of about 45 clinicians on delivering stereotactic radiation therapy using CyberKnife. Pictured here with a

Louisville CyberKnife Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety, will be recognized March 3-9. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads the nationwide effort seeking to promote collaboration among all aspects of patient care. The theme, “Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care,”

Spotlight On: Lung Cancer Treatment

The American Cancer Society estimates lung cancer will be detected in nearly 220,000 people this year. The disease, ranked as the most common cancer diagnosis worldwide, kills more people annually than breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. While surgery or external-beam radiation therapy is considered a standard treatment for lung cancer, patients who are in

Spotlight On: The CyberKnife Treatment Process

In the fight against cancer, CyberKnife® provides an important alternative for patients seeking a nonsurgical option with shorter treatment times, fewer side effects and a more rapid recovery. Our center uses a team approach to patient care in which physicians and other team members collaborate to develop a customized CyberKnife treatment plan to best suit

Lung Cancer Awareness Important for Prevention, Early Detection

As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition of National Lung

Louisville CyberKnife Opens, Unveils CyberKnife Technology

Louisville CyberKnifeopened in October 2012 at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and offers patients throughout Kentuckiana treatment with the CyberKnife®robotic radiosurgery system. In preparation of launching Louisville’s first and only CyberKnife program, the center hosted an Open House to unveil the new CyberKnife technology now offered in partnership with the James Graham Brown Cancer