CyberKnife Center of Louisiana
At CyberKnife Center of Louisiana, the future is here. CyberKnife’s robotic, radiosurgery system is the only one of its kind. This approach to fighting cancer treats tumors – and certain other lesions and vascular malformations – anywhere in the body. It can do this without damaging normal tissue as well.
CyberKnife Center of Louisiana is located in Lafayette, offering the revolutionary technology of the CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System.
CyberKnife is an FDA-approved total body radiosurgery device made by Accuray®, Inc., developed to treat various tumors throughout the body with extreme precision by utilizing robotic technology and real-time imaging. Patients have been treated with this system worldwide. CyberKnife Center of Louisiana is the only one in southwest Louisiana.
The center was developed in association with Lafayette General Medical Center. Under the leadership of the center's medical director, Alan J. Appley, M.D., a board certified neurosurgeon, and several board certified radiation oncologists, patients have access to an experienced multidisciplinary team of specialists throughout the treatment process.
What We Treat
The CyberKnife® System is cleared by the FDA to treat tumors and lesions anywhere in the body. With revolutionary precision, CyberKnife is able to spare healthy tissue while destroying the tumor with highly targeted radiation.
- Primary (e.g., astrocytomas, carcinomas, gliomas, lung, pancreas)
- Metastases (brain and bony)
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVM's)
- Cavernous malformations
Extracranial Tumors and Lesions
- Base of skull
- Cervical spine
- Thoracic spine
- Lumbar spine
- Other lesions, tumors, and conditions anywhere in the body when radiation treatment is indicated
The CyberKnife® System is the world's most accurate radiosurgery device. It can pinpoint tumors and other lesions within millimeters, thereby reducing exposure to healthy surrounding tissue.
Because CyberKnife® is a non-invasive, painless, outpatient treatment,it has significantly fewer complications than traditional open surgery and can often achieve comparable or better outcomes.
- Treatment complete in one to five days
- Treatment of lesions that are unable to be removed surgically
- Lesions that have previously undergone the maximum allowed dose of radiation can be treated
- Improve comfort due to the elimination of the invasive head-frame
- Tumor remains targeted using respiratory tracking software
- No blood loss
- No scalpel
- No recovery time
- Can be used as an additional treatment with surgery and chemotherapy in many cases
Am I A Candidate?
Not every person is a candidate for CyberKnife treatment.
The Cyberknife Center - Louisiana offers a complimentary medical opinion in a weekly case conference to determine if you or someone you love is a candidate for treatment.
A multidisciplinary team of Cyberknife trained professionals including a radiation oncologist and a surgeon review each case because each case is so unique. For your case to be reviewed, send the following information to the CyberKnife Center:
- Patient Demographics (name, address, phone, age, sex)
- Copy of Insurance Card
- History & Physical & Last Office Visit Note
- Operative report(s)
- Pathology report
- Medication List
- Lab report
- Past radiation dose records (if applicable)
- Imaging reports
The above information may be sent in person, by fax, by mail or via email/internet. If you have questions about this required information, please call us at (337) 289-8070 to discuss.
To expedite an opinion, request your images from your imaging center(s) on a CD and ask them to send them to us at our mailing address:
155 Hospital Dr., ste. 102
Lafayette, LA 70503
If you'd like our nurse to request records or images for a patient, then we need the patient's authorization through a signed medical release form. We would be happy to fax, mail or email you one to complete.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover Cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery.
Surgeons who perform CyberKnife procedures at CyberKnife Center of Louisiana include:
(As of April 7, 2017)
- John F. Anderson, M.D., Radiation Oncology
- Alan J. Appley, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Dani S. Bidros, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Jason L. Cormier, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Patrick A. Juneau, III, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Julian J. Krawczyk, M.D., Radiation Oncology
- Ilyas Munshi, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Perri B. Prellop, M.D., Radiation Oncology
- Jason T. Shumadine, M.D., Radiation Oncology
- Jayme Trahan, M.D., Neurosurgery
- Stephen R. Wilt, M.D., Radiation Oncology