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

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

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.

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 cancer that has spread from the place where it first started to another place

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

CDC Reports Liver Cancer Death Rates Rise 43 Percent

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute of the United States, liver cancer death rates have increased 43 percent. Although the mortality rate for all cancers combined has declined over 25 years, the age-adjusted liver cancer death rate for U.S. adults 25 and

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

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

Survival Odds Improving for Lung Cancer Patients

A recent study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery found that that survival rates have improved among those with early-stage lung cancer. The study included more than 65,000 people diagnosed with stage 1 non-small-cell lung cancer between 2000 and 2010.  Of that group, 62 percent had surgery, 15 percent received radiation therapy, 3 percent

Different Treatment Options Appear Equally Effective in Early Prostate Cancer

Results recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that among men with early prostate cancer that is detected through prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, treatment with either surgery, radiation therapy, or active monitoring all appear to provide approximately the same survival rates at 10 years. Since treatment options can be associated with side

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Attends Autumn Affair

Andy Su, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at the CyberKnife Center of Chicago and Anne Dunlap, Site Administrator at the CyberKnife Center of Chicago, recently attended the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 13th annual Autumn Affair. The event, held Saturday, September 23, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago began at 6 p.m. with cocktails,

Study: Most Melanomas Don’t Arise From Existing Moles

Summer is officially over and fall is here.  Although the summer activities have halted for the year, it doesn’t mean you need to stop your sunscreen routine.  Sunscreen should been worn year-round for protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  Another good end of the season skin tip is to perform a skin self-exam. According to

New Data Supports Use of SBRT in Elderly Patients with Early-Stage Lung Cancer

New data from a recent study titled “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Octo- and Nonagenarians for the Treatment of Early-Stage Lung Cancer” demonstrated that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a safe treatment option, and given other factors, possibly a preferable treatment option, for early-stage lung cancer patients aged 80 or older. The study, which was

A Clue to Where Cancer Metastases Are Born

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered why some cancers may reoccur after years in remission. The findings, published recently in the journal Cell Reports, show that invasive tumors can begin sending out tumor cells far earlier than previously thought.  These escaping cells, which can enter the bloodstream before the primary tumor is

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, including pulmonology, cardiology, thoracic surgery, transplantation, breathing, airway diseases, and emergency medicine, determined that a structured prescreening counseling and shared decision-making visit with healthcare professionals leads to a better understanding of the benefits and risks, as well as the eligibility

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

Stereotactic Radiosurgery May Be Best for Patients with Metastatic Brain Tumors

A recent study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, an international peer-reviewed medical journal, found that patients with three or fewer metastatic brain tumors who received treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) had less cognitive deterioration three months after treatment than patients who received SRS combined with whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT).  For

Metastatic Prostate Cancer on the Rise in the United States

A recent study, published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, documents a decade-long increase in the number of men who have incurable prostate cancer at their initial diagnosis, an ominous finding that prostate cancer screening proponents have been predicting.   The new investigation, which is the first to find an increase in metastatic

Prostate Cancer Treated More Aggressively in the City

According to a recent study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, urban men with localized prostate cancer may be more likely to get surgery or radiation than their rural peers.  Men had 23 percent higher odds of getting these aggressive treatments when they lived in densely populated U.S. counties than if they

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.                                  

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 last month in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Staff Volunteer at Fight for Air Climb Event

Two staff members from the CyberKnife Center of Chicago, Radiation Therapist Joe Canaleta and Administrative Assistant Cindy Tenuta, volunteered at the annual Fight for Air Climb event, one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association.  This year’s event, held February 14 at the Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, was a

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

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Attends Chef Fest Event

On February 11, the CyberKnife Center of Chicago team attended the 16th annual Chef Fest.  The event, which is hosted by the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, was held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.  The event included a cash bar reception followed by a

Study Found Proteins in Urine Can Indicate Pancreatic Cancer

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife Technology According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.  It is also one of the few cancers

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife Technology

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives A study published last month 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

Infographic: Lung Cancer

Treating Lung Cancer with CyberKnife® Technology November is National 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

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

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Supports SBRT for Prostate Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently updated their patient guide to support stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care for patients with cancer.   NCCN aims

CyberKnife Center of Chicago 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 with radiosurgery.  Its mission is to advance radiosurgery as a cancer treatment through innovation, education, and quality research in collaboration with treatment centers around the world.   Before RRI, radiosurgical treatment

Research Study: Palliative Care for Metastatic Spinal Tumors

A recent study details the efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for the treatment of metastatic spinal tumors. The study titled, “Palliative Strategies for the Management of Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors,” examined the methods of treatment for spinal tumor patients who experienced discomfort. The study notes that SBRT assisted patients with long-term pain

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. When cancer comes back, CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may be

Study: Physical Activity Benefits Lung Cancer Patients and Survivors

As the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., lung cancer can present several debilitating symptoms including fatigue, difficulty breathing and coughing. Researchers have discovered that exercise could potentially serve as a therapeutic option in reducing lung cancer symptoms. A recent study shows exercise and physical activity may also improve quality of life and

Common Cancer Treatment Terms: Adjuvant Therapy

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, you or a loved one may hear a number of unfamiliar terms associated with your care plan and the treatment options available to you. At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we work to educate our patients on all the new information they receive before, during and after treatment to ensure patients

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.  Their medical coverage policy now covers SBRT treatment for early and intermediate stage prostate cancer.  An announcement from the CyberKnife Coalition (CKC) stated “The CyberKnife Coalition is pleased to announce that effective May 28, 2015 early stage prostate

Video: Metastatic Cancer Patient Testimonial

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we treat metastatic tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife® technology. CyberKnife has particular advantages for treatment of metastatic cancer that develops in the brain or lungs. Learn more about metastatic cancer treatment with CyberKnife here or watch the video below to hear more

Study: Cancer Patients Want Input in Care Plans

In a recent study, it was found that patients who allow their physicians to make all decisions related to their care feel less satisfied with their care than those who actively participated in planning. Following a cancer diagnosis, it is normal for patients to feel overwhelmed by the information and choices presented to them, but

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Choosing Treatment Options

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. This time focuses on increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. Tumors in the brain can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these therapies. For patients facing a brain tumor

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week: Treatment Options

This week honors National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, a time dedicated to educating patients and their families on the risks, types and treatment options for tumors found in the mouth, throat, head and neck. At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, a key goal during awareness periods and year round is to educate our

National Cancer Control Month: How Technology has Evolved to Treat Cancer

April is honored as National Cancer Control Month, a month dedicated to the progress in fighting cancer and increasing awareness of who is at risk. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month include encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting cancer screening, increasing access to quality cancer care, and improving quality of life for cancer survivors. This month CyberKnife

Recurrent Cancer: Three Steps for Early Detection

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer recurrence is defined as the return of cancer after treatment and after a period of time that the cancer cannot be detected. Although it’s impossible for doctors to know which patients will experience a recurrence, it’s important to detect a recurrence as early as possible. Practicing early detection may

Patient Checklist: Evaluate Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, with an estimated 174,650 new cases projected in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Although education around preventive screenings and risk factors have steadily increased in recent decades, some men may be unaware they have an underlying risk for prostate cancer. The checklist below outlines

Metastatic Liver Cancer: How CyberKnife Can Help

While symptoms of liver cancer can include abdominal pain, jaundice and fever, among other signs, some patients with liver cancer may not show symptoms until the disease has advanced and spread beyond the primary tumor site. When this occurs, tumors that develop in secondary sites are known as metastatic liver cancer. For patients with metastatic

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts About Renal Cell Carcinoma

March is Global Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, a time to promote education and awareness around a disease that will be diagnosed in an estimated 61,500 people in 2015 according to the American Cancer Society.  Also known as renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer is among the 10 most common types of cancers diagnosed in men and women.

Infographic: 2015 Cancer Statistics for Illinois

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 related to lung and prostate cancer for Illinois and the United States. If you or a loved one

When Cancer Comes Back: Advantages of SBRT for Recurrent Cancer

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we treat recurrent tumors using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), an advanced radiation therapy technique that does not require anesthesia, incisions or a prolonged recovery period. This approach may be beneficial for patients who have previously undergone surgery or received radiation at the site of the tumor. Using the CyberKnife® system, we

Presentation: CyberKnife as a Treatment Option When Cancer Spreads

When cancer spreads, or metastasizes to other parts of the body, patients may feel overwhelmed and wonder what treatment options are available to them. For patients facing a metastatic cancer diagnosis, it’s important to assess and understand the treatment options available to you. Your doctor may recommend CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery as an option. View the presentation

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

February is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1,658,370 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2015 in the U.S. Every February as part of National Cancer Prevention Month, individuals are encouraged to promote education around preventive measures to help reduce cancer’s impact in the future. The ACS estimates that cancer rates could decrease up to

Questions to Ask When Cancer Comes Back

Discovering your cancer has returned after a period of partial or complete remission can be scary and unexpected. If you or a loved one has received a recurrent cancer diagnosis, we suggest starting the conversation with your doctor using these questions: What are the limitations to my treatment plan? Understanding why certain treatment options are

2015 Resolutions: Easy Steps for Cancer Prevention

Though cancer is an unpredictable disease, there are a few ways to reduce your risk of cancer while improving your overall health. According to the American Cancer Society, adopting these healthy habits can prevent two-thirds of all cancers. Avoid tobacco use in all forms. Smoking or chewing tobacco can increase the risk of cancer significantly

CyberKnife Liver Cancer Treatment Overview

While advanced liver cancer patients may not be candidates for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), patients with early stage liver cancer or metastatic liver tumors may consider SBRT when seeking a treatment that allows them to maintain their daily routines and minimizes impact on a patient’€™s normal routine during and after treatment. In these cases,

SBRT for Lung Cancer: Why Real-Time Tumor Tracking Matters

For those facing a lung cancer diagnosis, it’s important to understand the process and anticipated outcomes for the various treatment options available to you before making a decision. Lung cancer can be treated with surgery, conventional radiation therapy or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). CyberKnife Center of Chicago offers SBRT with advanced CyberKnife® technology. The system

Meet Medical Director Dr. Andy Su

Dr. Su received his B.S. from M.I.T. and his M.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his radiation oncology training at the University of Chicago and also took additional training in brachytherapy at the Seattle Prostate Institute and the Texas Cancer Clinic. During his training at the University of Chicago, he performed numerous research studies and published many

Why Do Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

While smoking is the most common source of a lung cancer diagnosis, non-smokers can still be at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S. have never smoked. Other than smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon or having a family history can

CyberKnife Treatment for Adenocarcinoma

Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that forms in the mucus-secreting glands of the lungs and occurs most often in former or current smokers. Categorized as non-small cell lung cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates about 40 percent of lung cancers are adenocarcinomas. CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats adenocarcinoma with stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology.

What You Need to Know About Metastatic Lung Cancer

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body and is associated with late stage cancer. For those with advanced lung cancer, it can be difficult to determine the best option for treating metastatic tumors. According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer most commonly spreads

Diagnosing Lung Cancer

Though lung cancer is among the most common cancers, diagnosing lung cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable remains a focus for doctors and other healthcare providers. Arriving at a lung cancer diagnosis is different for each patient but tests are often based on factors such as your medical history, symptoms and

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Small Cell vs. Non-Small Cell Cancer

November is honored as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. As the second-most commonly diagnosed disease in men and women, lung cancer can be a scary and difficult disease to understand. Here’s what you need to know about the two types of lung cancer: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 80-85 percent of diagnosed cases of

Movember Movement is Changing the Face of Men's Health

November marks the start of the annual Movember movement. With more than 4 million participants worldwide, the campaign aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues by literally changing the face of its supporters. Each year men across the globe vow not to shave for 30 days while raising funds for men’s health issues including

Lung Cancer Treatment Comparison: Surgery vs. CyberKnife

For patients seeking lung cancer treatment, weighing different treatment options can be confusing, as many vary in side effects, overall duration of treatment and procedure requirements. Two options that may be offered to patients are surgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. Depending on a number of factors such as your overall health and size and

Presentation: What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer Screenings

For some cancers, screening can be a good tool for early detection, but for prostate cancer it can sometimes have more risks than benefits. If you feel you are at risk for prostate cancer, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your doctor who will use information like your medical history, age and overall health

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer Retreatment

As cancer treatment technologies evolve, doctors are finding more ways to reduce treatment times and side effects for patients seeking a low impact on quality of life. At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, physicians accomplish this by collaborating with doctors from different specialties on primary and secondary treatment options. This interdisciplinary approach has particular advantages for

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: Pain Management Using CyberKnife

October 7 is nationally recognized as Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a condition often misdiagnosed causing prolonged pain and unnecessary procedures for patients seeking a resolution. Known as the “suicide disease,” trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by the excruciating pain that occurs when the fifth cranial nerve is compressed by a blood vessel. Patients commonly receive medication

SBRT Gains Support for Prostate Cancer: 3 Examples

Advances in prostate cancer research over recent years have contributed to a growing amount of support for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment option for prostate cancer. Below is an overview of some key milestones in SBRT prostate cancer research from world-renowned cancer organizations and researchers. Prostate Cancer Research Study – Led by

A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Why Speaking to a Radiation Oncologist is Important

When a prostate cancer diagnosis is suspected, patients typically see a general physician and a urologist who then recommends potential treatment options based on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer. Before choosing a treatment, radiation oncologists also play an important role in helping to inform and determine treatment options. Radiation oncologists

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Treatment

During September, families and health professionals work together to educate and raise awareness for prostate health in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the national campaign, our center is working to highlight the numerous treatment options available for an early-stage diagnosis. For men with early-stage prostate cancer, treatment options vary in terms

Role of the Radiation Therapist at CyberKnife Center of Chicago

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, our radiation therapists serve as an educational resource for patients to learn about the procedure before and during CyberKnife® treatment. Along with making sure every patient’s needs are addressed and communicated to the treatment team, the radiation therapists operate the CyberKnife machine during treatment under the direction of radiation oncologists.

ACS 2014 Prostate Cancer Statistics

Every year, the American Cancer Society issues its Facts and Figures Report detailing cancer’s estimated trends and statistics for the year. Below is an overview of the organization’s projections for prostate cancer this year: An estimated 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in 2014, meaning that prostate cancer continues to be the most

Patient Resources: Influential Prostate Cancer Blogs

For patients and families seeking advice and emotional support after a prostate cancer diagnosis, there are several online resources available. Whether newly diagnosed or farther along in the journey of advanced disease, online blogs have become a valuable outlet for patients who wish to connect with those in the cancer community who have experienced the

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

Treatment Options for Metastatic Tumors in The Brain

Sometimes called secondary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors are caused by cancer cells spreading, or metastasizing from other organs in the body to the brain. These metastatic brain tumors are five times more common than primary brain tumors (tumors that originate in the brain) and make up the majority of brain tumor diagnoses. Cancers of

From the Doc: Advantages of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Treatment

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we are dedicated to ensuring patients are well educated before undergoing prostate cancer treatment. Find out how stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife® can be a treatment option for prostate cancer patients from our medical director Dr. Andy Su. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options? The most

20 Years of CyberKnife Technology

CyberKnife Center of Chicago is proud to commemorate the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife® technology this year. Developed in 1994 at Stanford by Dr. John Adler, the concept was conceived with the goal of treating tumors throughout the body with radiosurgery, a treatment that at the time was restricted to head and neck tumors. The prototype

Patient Resources: Prostate Cancer Foundation

As the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is among the best resources for patients seeking information on the disease, opportunities for involvement and networking. In addition to national awareness campaigns, smaller events are hosted across the nation including “Movember” and a number of golf programs. Those

Hear from Our Medical Director: Dr. Andy Su

A medical school graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Su has expertise in intensity modulated radiation treatments (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with extensive training in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Hear more about his patient care philosophy in the video below. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and

Treatment Comparison: CyberKnife versus Proton Therapy

When seeking advanced treatment options for prostate cancer, patients may find themselves comparing CyberKnife® and proton therapy. While both are known for their precision and minimal side effects, each targets the tumor differently. CyberKnife technology performs stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, high doses of radiation are delivered to tumors with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing damage

Video: Prostate Cancer Treatment with CyberKnife

When researching different treatment options for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to understand all aspects of the procedure. CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats prostate cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The treatment is a nonsurgical procedure using CyberKnife® technology. Patients are treated within five treatment sessions. Watch our treatment overview below to

A Closer Look: The CyberKnife Treatment Room

Our team at CyberKnife Center of Chicago goes through several measures to ensure the treatment experience is safe not only for the patient, but for all those involved. One of the most important aspects of patient safety is our treatment room. As you receive treatment, there are several ways the treatment room provides a safe

Presentation: Get to Know CyberKnife Center of Chicago

One of the most rewarding aspects of our services includes building a relationship with our patients. We’ve created a presentation to give you an overview of our staff and the history of our center for you or a loved one to review before visiting. Learn more about us below!  

Role of the Medical Physicist in CyberKnife Treatment

In the process of treatment planning, medical physicists play a key role at CyberKnife Center of Chicago, 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 is responsible for the development of a customized treatment plan to

National Men's Health Month: Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

June is celebrated as National Men’s Health Month, aimed at increasing awareness of men’s health issues through early detection, treatment and health education nationwide. As a prostate cancer treatment provider, CyberKnife Center of Chicago’s experienced Radiation Oncologists discuss all options to ensure our patients understand the differences and advantages among the types of prostate cancer treatment.

Recap: CyberKnife Center of Chicago attends annual Ride Janie Ride Event

CyberKnife Center of Chicago joined hundreds of participants for the annual Ride Janie Ride event. The organization aims to provide financial assistance to those with cancer treatment-related medical expenses not covered by insurance. This year’s event, benefitting three children with blood cancer from the Chicago area, included a 45-mile route through the western suburbs ending

Presentation: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats prostate cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The advanced, outpatient procedure is a nonsurgical treatment option delivered with CyberKnife® technology. Learn more about SBRT treatment for prostate cancer in the presentation below. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care

National Women's Health Week: Metastatic Breast Cancer

This week is recognized as National Women’s Health Week, a time dedicated to spotlighting the major health issues of women. While breast cancer is known universally to be one of the most common diagnoses for American women, many may be unaware of the potential for recurring or metastatic breast cancer and the spread of breast

Cancer Research Month: The Latest in Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Research

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we’re dedicated to contributing and learning about the latest in cancer research for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). In addition to its recent categorization as a primary treatment option for prostate cancer, physicians around the world are also working to expand the treatment method’s applications. Read more about the latest

How Safe is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

The safety of a cancer treatment option is a key consideration for patients requiring certain conditions or those hoping to avoid an extensive recuperation period. Learn why stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is among the safest of options if you are a candidate: Accuracy: Our center performs SRS using CyberKnife® technology. The machine tracks tumors in real

How to Prepare for CyberKnife Treatment

If your doctors have determined you are an appropriate candidate for CyberKnife treatment, here are the next steps you can expect: Testing. In preparation for your treatment, doctors may determine your treatment plan requires a CT scan or MRI prior to your treatment session. Ask questions. If you have any concerns before treatment, feel free

The Stages of Lung Cancer

Once lung cancer is diagnosed, an important next step is determining the stage of the cancer. Staging describes the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, which helps doctors determine the best course of treatment and a prognosis. Below is an overview of the stages of non-small cell lung cancer according to the National Cancer Institute:

National Public Health Week: Cancer Prevention

This week is National Public Health Week, a time dedicated to celebrating the efforts of public health professionals and highlighting health issues that affect people throughout the nation. One of the most deadly health issues affecting Americans today is cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 1.5 million people in the United States will

2014 NCCN Guidelines: Prostate Cancer Treatment Update

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has recently updated its annual NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® to include SBRT as an emerging alternative treatment modality to conventional radiation treatment for prostate cancer. See below for a summary of the updates and what they mean to the cancer care community, including patients and their families.

Research Update: Brain Tumor Research Studies

Two research studies were conducted in 2013 that both provided interesting new findings on the benefit of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain tumor treatment. Study 1 – Announced by the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in September 2013, the study found data indicating that adult cancer patients, under the age of 50 who had

Photo Tour: Our New Location!

We’ve opened the doors to our new location and are excited about all of the wonderful changes and additions patients can expect at the new Center for Cancer Care at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. Below are some photos of our CyberKnife® technology and beautiful, comfortable surroundings at our new location.  

Community Event Recap: ACS Black and White Ball

The American Cancer Society held their annual Black and White Ball this past week raising more than $490,000 to benefit the ACS’s mission to fund cancer research and support the effort to find a cure. An event that our center has supported in the past, the premier occasion featured a fantastic auction, elegant dinner and

CyberKnife Treatment: How to Prepare

The treatment process at our center is completely focused on the patient as we aim to provide the best care and experience possible. Below are some helpful tips for patients to prepare for CyberKnife treatment: Ask questions – Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you or your loved one may have about CyberKnife treatment. Dress

Brain Awareness Week: SRS for Brain Tumors

Join our center in showing support for Brain Awareness Week as it kicks-off this week across the world. The annual global campaign is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research through a weeklong series of activities hosted by organizers across the country. Our center uses CyberKnife® technology to treat cancerous

Patient Resources: Get Your Free HeartAware Risk Assessment

Our hospital partner, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, offers the free “Elmhurst Memorial HealthAware Center,” which aims to help identify if you are at risk for heart and vascular disease or a stroke. Take either test on their website and determine action steps if you may be at risk. This is not intended as medical advice to

What to Expect during CyberKnife Brain Tumor Treatment:

Using CyberKnife® technology, our center treats brain tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery. While the name may conjure images of knives and scalpels, CyberKnife treatment is completely nonsurgical and requires no sedation. The video below will walk you through the four main steps that are generally involved with the CyberKnife treatment process. This is not intended as

Video: Our Medical Director Dr. Andy Su

At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, our physicians understand the challenging journey that cancer treatment can be. In this video, medical director Dr. Andy Su describes how he is there every step of the way for his patients. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team.

Community Event: Fight for Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower

Looking for a new way to get your heart pumping? Join other healthy lung supporters at the Fight for Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower on February 9. The event is one of many across the nation that aims to raise awareness of lung disease through a vertical road race. The Oakbrook Tower is a

Do You Need a Cancer Screening?

The purpose of cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Potential screening methods vary by disease but can include physical examinations, laboratory tests, medical imaging procedures and genetic testing. While screenings can be helpful in diagnosing cancer early, patients should be

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Ranks Among Most Recommended Hospitals in Illinois

CyberKnife Center of Chicago’s hospital partner, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, was ranked among the most recommended hospitals statewide based on patient satisfaction scores evaluating communication, cleanliness and timeliness of care. Organized by NerdWalletHealth, a health transparency site, results cited the hospital’s high marks for its gastroenterology, geriatrics and pulmonology departments. Congratulations to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital! We

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Moves to Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care

CyberKnife patients will soon receive their treatments at CyberKnife Center of Chicago’s newest location in the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care. The CyberKnife Center of Chicago, a service of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, is relocating from the hospital’s former Berteau Avenue campus to the Center for Cancer Care on Elmhurst Memorial’s main campus. “Moving to

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 9,270 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Shine a Light

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Participates in Steps to Pink 5K Walk

CyberKnife Center of Chicago joined more than 55 other teams to celebrate three miles of hope, courage and fun at the Steps to Pink Celebratory 5K walk from the old Elmhurst Hospital Campus on Berteau to the new Center for Cancer Care at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. The new, state-of-the-art cancer center will bring medical oncologists,

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

October 7 is Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Awareness Day. Though rare, TN is a debilitating nerve disorder that is also called the “suicide disease” due to the intense pain patients experience. TN is caused when a blood vessel compresses the fifth cranial nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. Patients are unable to predict

Spotlight On: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This week marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for research and educating men on how to maintain their prostate health. Here’s how you and your loved ones can participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Be informed. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American

Spotlight On: Types of Cancer Treatment

When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients should consult their doctor to learn more about the best treatment for their diagnosis. Consultation is a key part of making an informed treatment decision given the impact different forms of treatment can have on a patient’s quality of life. There are several different treatment options available depending on

One Thousand Patients Treated at CyberKnife Center of Chicago

As CyberKnife Center of Chicago completes its fourth year of operations, the center also celebrates 1,000 patients treated using CyberKnife® technology, an advanced nonsurgical option for the treatment of malignant and benign tumors. CyberKnife Center of Chicago opened in 2009 as a service of Elmhurst Memorial Health Care to offer a noninvasive cancer treatment method

What is Metastatic Cancer?

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body. Despite spreading to another location within the body, the cancer is considered an extension of the original tumor. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is considered metastatic lung cancer. Metastatic cancers are difficult to

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the CyberKnife Nurse

From the initial consultation with our treatment team to follow-up appointments with your CyberKnife® physician, the CyberKnife nurse works to address the needs and concerns of the patient. The CyberKnife nurse provides clinical support and care coordination for patients. This includes assisting the CyberKnife radiation oncologist during patient consultation, educating patients and families in preparation for

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

Celebrate Men's Health Month in June

June is Men’s Health Month! This time is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems men may encounter through health education, fundraising and advocacy efforts promoting early detection and treatment of disease. Here’s how you can get involved: Wear blue. The Men’s Health Network created the initiative to support men’s health efforts. Learn more

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Now Offers Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Painful Nerve Disorder

CyberKnife Center of Chicago now offers stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating nerve disorder characterized by excruciating facial pain. Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats TN patients with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery using CyberKnife® technology. The treatment is a noninvasive alternative to

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.

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Staff Attends the ACS Discovery Ball

Our team was among the more than 800 people who attended the seventh annual American Cancer Society Discovery Ball. The Discovery Ball is one of the premier annual events hosted by the cancer society to support the mission of saving lives and funding cancer research. We and other attendees enjoyed the silent and live auctions,

Prostate Cancer Series: What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease specific to men and develops in the prostate – 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

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Hospital Partner Earns Accreditation from American College of Radiology

The radiation oncology department at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, a partner of CyberKnife Center of Chicago, recently earned a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The department received the seal of accreditation representing the highest level of quality and patient safety after a rigorous assessment of its personnel, equipment, treatment planning and treatment

Hospital Partner Spotlight: Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare is committed to providing personalized and state-of-art medical care. Elmhurst offers a full-range of services including cardiac, neurosurgery and emergency care. The hospital is one of only two organizations in the state to receive advanced certification from the Joint Commission for its inpatient diabetes program, and is host to a Primary Stroke Center.

Spotlight On: How CyberKnife Works

A look at how the CyberKnife® components work together to treat tumors noninvasively. To view CyberKnife treatment overviews for different types of cancer, watch our YouTube channel.

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

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Scores High Marks on Patient Surveys

CyberKnife Center of Chicago has announced results of an annual patient experience and satisfaction survey, in which the Elmhurst-based cancer treatment center scored higher ratings than the benchmarks for all measured questions based on telephone surveys conducted with patients from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012. Responses from more than 100 patients were received

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

Spotlight On: Lung Cancer Treatment

Nearly 220,000 people will face a lung cancer diagnosis this year. As the most common cancer diagnosis in the world, the disease kills more people annually than breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have not only led to increased survival rates, but also expanded treatment options for patients. CyberKnife Center

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Hospital Partner Breaks Ground on New Cancer Center

CyberKnife Center of Chicago hospital partner, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare broke ground on the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Cancer Care, which will be home to the center’s new location in 2013. In addition to the CyberKnife® center, the 30,000-square-foot facility will also house the medical oncologist offices, infusion center and radiation oncology services. The new center

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

Breast Cancer Awareness: Treatment Options When Breast Cancer Spreads

As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. The American Cancer Society estimates 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer is likely

Metastatic Cancer: When Breast Cancer Spreads to the Brain

Breast cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., making considerations for the spread of breast cancer a particularly important conversation for women at risk. Once breast cancer symptoms begin to appear, the cancer may have advanced and spread to another part of the body. Newly diagnosed women may be surprised to

CyberKnife Center of Chicago attends DuPage Health and Wellness Fair

CyberKnife Center of Chicago was among many health care organizations that attended the 2012 DuPage Health and Wellness Fair. Attendees were treated to a Go Red for Women red dress display by Macy’s and a cooking demonstration by chef Anthony Reyes of the Capital Grille in Lombard. The fair was hosted by state representatives Sandy

CyberKnife Center of Chicago attends Annual Autumn Affair

CyberKnife Center of Chicago’s hospital partner, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital recently held their Annual Autumn Affair hosted by the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation. The proceeds from the event will go to the hospital’s new Center for Cancer Care, currently under construction on the hospital’s main campus next to the Center for Health. The new center will

Prostate Cancer Treatment Advancements Improve Survivorship

One in six men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime, totaling to 240,000 new cases this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have allowed nearly eight times as many men to count themselves as survivors of the pervasive disease. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Shares Men's Health Awareness Tips

June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. One of the common health threats to men is prostate cancer. In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimates about 241,740 new diagnoses of prostate cancer.

SBRT for Early-Stage Lung Cancer Reaches Decade Milestone

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation analyzed 10 years of data to reveal that early stage lung cancer patients with medically inoperable tumors who received high-dose rate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) experienced long-term local tumor control and minimal toxicity. The study demonstrated that SBRT can reduce the growth and spread of a primary, early-stage

CyberKnife Center of Chicago focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of

CyberKnife Center of Chicago participates in Ride Janie Ride event

CyberKnife Center of Chicago was honored to participate in the 6th annual Ride Janie Ride event. The “Pay it Forward” cancer fundraiser aims to provide financial assistance to those with medical expenses from cancer treatment not covered by insurance. Participants rode their motorcycles together for thirty miles across DuPage County and enjoyed raffles and a

What You Need to Know About Metastatic Lung Cancer

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Highlights Healthy Living for National Cancer Control Month In support of April as Cancer Control Month, CyberKnife Center of Chicago is encouraging local residents to use a proactive approach to a healthy lifestyle. Cancer Control Month highlights the progress in fighting cancer and increases awareness of who is at risk. The

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Co-sponsors Fight for Air Climb

CyberKnife Center of Chicago Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, CyberKnife Center of Chicago joins a nation-wide effort to encourage engagement of patients, families and the community by promoting the importance of being an active participant in the health care delivery process.

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

CyberKnife: A Non-Invasive Alternative to Surgery

Dr. Das Gupta, radiation oncologist at the CyberKnife Center of Chicago, recently had a blog posted on the Edward-Elmhurst Health website. The blog was about how the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a good noninvasive alternative to surgery for treatment of cancerous and noncancerous tumors. The piece covered what types of tumors can be treated

The CyberKnife Center of Chicago Attends the Black & White Ball

Edward-Elmhurst Health was a sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s recent Black & White Ball: A Global Affair and staff members from Elmhurst hospital and the CyberKnife Center of Chicago attended the event. The annual gala, which was held on Saturday, October 15, at the Arlington International Racetrack, attracts over 300 distinguished guests each year

Hope. Lives. Here.

Staff from the CyberKnife Center of Chicago recently attended the Hope. Lives. Here. Luncheon. The luncheon, which the CyberKnife Center of Chicago was a sponsor of, was hosted by the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) Foundation and was held on Thursday, October 27, at the Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. Hope. Lives. Here. is

SBRT Offers Prostate Cancer Patients High Cancer Control and Low Toxicity in Fewer Treatments

According to research presented at the recent 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high dose stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for men newly-diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer results in shorter treatment times, low severe toxicity, and excellent cancer control rates. Although prostate tumors generally respond well to radiation therapy