CyberKnife® Treatment for Lung Cancer

CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery painlessly delivers precise beams of radiation to tumors and lesions, without requiring incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. It can serve as an effective lung cancer treatment and is an especially good option for patients with complex tumors or patients who prefer a non-invasive way to treat their cancer.

Dr. Arica Hirsch, M.D.

Dr. Hirsch is the Medical Director and primarily practices at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She is board-certified in Radiation Oncology. After completing medical school at Northwestern University and residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as chief resident, Dr. Hirsch was an Assistant Professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she practiced for 4 years. In 2001, Dr. Hirsch went into private practice with Radiation Oncology Consultants.

Dr. Hirsch has a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of breast cancer as well as the integration of natural approaches with conventional cancer treatment. She is experienced in the use of conformal 3-D therapy, intensity modulated therapy (IMRT), and low and high dose rate brachytherapy. She is knowledgeable in the treatment of prostate, gynecologic, lymphoma, lung, gastrointestinal, head & neck, and brain malignancies. Dr. Hirsch is involved in breast cancer awareness programs, and is active in Medical Education. She has written papers and lectured on various cancer topics.

Dr. Hirsch spends her leisure time with her husband and four children, and enjoys cooking, piano, and reading fiction. She is active in Synagogue community service and serves on the Board of her childrens’ school. When asked why she chose Radiation Oncology she states, “When in medical school, I became involved in the care of a young woman hospitalized with breast cancer. This experience led me to understand the depth of relationships possible between patients, their families, and their physicians. The combination of scientific stimulation and progress with human interaction is what attracts me to this field.

Key Advantages of CyberKnife SBRT for Lung Cancer

  • Treats patients in 5 or fewer visits, depending on tumor size, volume, and location
  • Constantly corrects for patient/tumor movement throughout treatment, ensuring radiation beams are always locked on tumor during treatment
  • Respiratory tracking feature requires no breath-holding or respiratory gating by patient
  • Reaches tumors from virtually unlimited directions with robotic mobility
  • Enables clinicians to maximize and conform the dose to the tumor target while limiting radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Outpatient procedure, little or no recovery time and minimal side effects
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • Allows for an immediate return to normal activities

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