Radiation Surgery Treats Vocal Cord Tumors Head and neck surgeons at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have pioneered the use of CyberKnife—a surgeon-controlled robotic device that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation—to treat vocal cord cancer. CyberKnife has a small linear particle accelerator and a robotic arm that allow surgeons to radiate ... News in Brief
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Radiation Surgery Treats Vocal Cord Tumors
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News in Brief   |   June 01, 2014
Radiation Surgery Treats Vocal Cord Tumors
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.19062014.11
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.19062014.11
Head and neck surgeons at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have pioneered the use of CyberKnife—a surgeon-controlled robotic device that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation—to treat vocal cord cancer.
CyberKnife has a small linear particle accelerator and a robotic arm that allow surgeons to radiate tumors on any part of the body. Patients must be as still as possible for the treatment to be precise. Because vocal cords move when people breathe and swallow, surgeons injected tiny bits of gold into the patient’s neck for the device to track so the robotic arm could adjust to even the slightest movements. UT Southwestern has performed the procedure on four people with vocal cord tumors, and has reduced the number of treatments each time as surgeons learn more about its effectiveness.
Visit bit.ly/vocalcordtreatment for more information.
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