Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

When the CyberKnife radiosurgery program opened at Overlook Medical Center in 2004, it was considered a novel technological advancement that still needed to prove itself in the treatment of brain cancer.

Today, our center is the largest CyberKnife program in New Jersey. CyberKnife offers a non-invasive treatment that has improved the quality of life for thousands of patients. In addition to treating metastatic disease to the brain, CyberKnife has had positive results in the treatment of recurrent glioma – particularly in patients with glioblastoma, a difficult malignancy to treat. It also treats complex skull base lesions that envelop the optic nerves and encase the carotid arteries that would otherwise be surgically inaccessible.

As we look towards the future, we see an increasing role for radiosurgery in battling brain metastases. We are now exploring the role of pre-operative radiosurgery in the treatment of metastatic disease to help minimize risks and tumor recurrence after surgery.

Just like it’s futuristic design, the CyberKnife machine increasingly delivers state-of-the-art treatments. Gerald J. Glasser Glasser Brain Tumor Center Drs. Joana Emmolo and Yaron Moshel are part of the team new exploring ways how it can be used.