Philadelphia CyberKnife was recently selected as a reference site for a team of radiation oncologists visiting from Wenjiang District People’s Hospital in Chengdu, China.
Philadelphia CyberKnife was chosen for the visit because it is a center known for its dedication to research and training. The entire team at Philadelphia CyberKnife is committed to conducting research that will lead to a better understanding of stereotactic radiation treatment and its impact on patients’ lives and the site has trained radiation oncologists from around the world. In addition, Philadelphia Cyberknife has had multiple clinical studies published in peer review journals that are read globally and John Lamond, M.D., Medical Director at Philadelphia CyberKnife, has lectured internationally, including most recently in China.
During their April 2 visit, the physicians toured the center, as well as met with the physicians and staff at Philadelphia CyberKnife and discussed the department’s treatment and quality assurance plans and procedures, learned what conditions are best treated by the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and observed how physicists and physicians work together to formulate an ideal patient treatment plan.
The visit was the first to take place during a five-year consulting contract between Wenjiang District People’s Hospital and Alliance Oncology. According to the agreement, every year, the hospital will send various staff to the United States for training. While Wenjiang physicians are visiting Philadelphia CyberKnife, physicists from the hospital will be undergoing training at another Alliance Oncology partner facility, Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center in Brockton, Massachusetts.
“We felt privileged to have the opportunity to speak about our experiences with the CyberKnife System and what we are doing to advance the level of care given to cancer patients in our community,” said Nancie Pyne, Regional Program Manager with Alliance Oncology. “We were proud to host the physicians from Wenjiang District People’s Hospital and hope they discovered some additional best practices to take back and utilize in China.”
Photo caption: Jun Yang, PhD., DABR, Chief Medical Physicist at Philadelphia CyberKnife, speaks to two physicians from Wenjiang District People’s Hospital.