Most patients diagnosed with cancer aren’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery. But patients referred for treatment at Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center in Wichita don’t have to, because CyberKnife can hone in on lethal cancerous or unhealthy tissue with pinpoint precision in just one to five treatments and requires no incisions or sedation.
The Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center — the only one in Kansas — is being expanded. The first phase of that expansion is now complete, and a third radiation oncologist has joined the team.
As a result, keeping up with patients’ and physicians’ demand for this lifesaving and time-saving cancer treatment of choice is becoming increasingly challenging, according to David Bryant, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology for Ascension Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals.
To meet the growing demand, Ascension Via Christi’s CyberKnife Center — the only one in Kansas — is expanding.
“Patients battling cancer want to get back to their lives as quickly, painlessly and safely as possible,” says Keisha Humphries, RN, who leads Oncology Services at Ascension Via Christi. “This expansion is an investment in them and the entire Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center team, who are committed to ensuring patients have access to leading-edge treatment and technology.”
The first phase of the expansion, a software upgrade that will allow treatment planning to be done more quickly, was completed this past summer. The second yearlong phase is now underway.
That phase includes the construction of a new vault to house the center’s new CyberKnife M6 robot, which can be used to treat 16–20 patients per day versus the eight or nine being treated with the current system. Completion is expected next summer.
Salman Hasan, DO, who recently completed his residency in radiation oncology at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Texas, joined the Ascension Via Christi Radiation Oncology team in August and will further expand the team’s capacity. Additionally, radiation oncologist Jon Anders, MD, continues to see patients in Hutchinson and Winfield.
To refer a patient or schedule a physician-to-physician consult, call 316-268-3200. For more information about cancer care at Ascension Via Christi, visit viachristi.org/cancer.