UPMC CancerCenter One of First in Country to Use New Cyberknife

By: Jennifer C. Yates and Tim Betler

UPMC CancerCenter radiation oncologists have begun to treat cancer patients with the newest generation CyberKnife® System, a radiosurgery system with the ability to more precisely shape radiation beams to the form of tumors, maximize dose delivered while also keeping surrounding healthy tissue intact and dramatically decrease the length of treatments.

Known as the M6, the newest generation Cyberknife System is being used at the Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside. It’s one of five currently in use in the U.S.

As leaders in oncology with one of the busiest stereotactic radiosurgery centers in the United States, UPMC CancerCenter performs about 550 cases a year with the CyberKnife System.

In the video above, Dwight E. Heron, M.D., director of Radiation Services, UPMC CancerCenter, and vice chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, discusses the M6 and talks about its use.