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Winthrop-University Hospital Celebrates Grand Opening of NYCyberKnife - Archived
November 14, 2014

Representatives from Winthrop-University Hospital, Accuray (the company that developed the CyberKnife® system), and patients who have undergone successful non-invasive radiation treatment utilizing CyberKnife gathered on November 12, 2014 to celebrate the grand opening of Winthrop’s new Manhattan CyberKnife Center at 150 Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street. Winthrop NYCyberKnife is Manhattan’s first and only CyberKnife Center.

“We didn’t think it was right that one of the world’s greatest cities didn’t have convenient, immediate access to the CyberKnife and as a result, we opened the center that we are in today,” said Jonathan Haas, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop. “We wanted to provide the same level of excellence and compassion to the people of Manhattan that we’ve been providing to our patients on Long Island for nearly a decade.”

CyberKnife is a high-tech, computer controlled robotic technology with cruise missile-like precision that delivers highly targeted beams of radiation to tumors while sparing healthy tissue. It provides hope to patients with tumors and lesions previously considered inoperable or which are not amenable to treatment with conventional radiation.

Cancer patients who previously required six to nine weeks of conventional radiation are now completing treatment in just five days of brief 30 to 45-minute sessions. Winthrop introduced the CyberKnife to the New York metro area in 2005 at its main campus in Mineola. Since then, more than 3,200 patients have been treated with the technology.

Patients at the grand opening ceremony included Monsignor Marc Filacchione, an FDNY Chaplain and the first patient to undergo treatment at the new Center. Monsignior Filacchione blessed the CyberKnife and the medical experts who will be providing care to him and other patients. Kai Tomte, a retired airline pilot who came to New York from Norway for his treatment, was also in attendance, as was Eli Miller, known as “Eli the Seltzer Man.” Mr. Miller has been delivering seltzer in New York City since 1960 and is one of the few in his industry still in the business. He credits his ability to continue doing his job because of the fast, painless and non-invasive CyberKnife procedure. Aurora DeVennecia is a retired nurse who was also in attendance. She underwent CyberKnife treatment for breast cancer three years ago and today remains cancer-free. Seth Blacksburg, M.D, MBA who recently joined Winthrop will serve as Medical Director of the new center. Joshua Levine, CEO of Accuray, flew in from California and made a presentation on behalf of Accuray in honor of the opening of the first CyberKnife in Manhattan.

In addition to being effective in the treatment of prostate cancer and for breast tumors following lumpectomy, CyberKnife has also been used effectively in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, spine cancer, soft tissue tumors, lung tumors, kidney tumors, liver tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors.

For additional information about Winthrop NYCyberKnife, call 1-866-WINTHROP.


Courtney Allison
Publications Specialist
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