The Edge® Radiosurgery System for cancer treatment
Henry Ford radiation oncologists are nationally and internationally known for their expertise in radiosurgery, performing more than 4000 procedures. In the tradition of offering patients advance cancer treatments, Henry Ford Hospital is home to the Edge, the first radiosurgery system of its kind in North America.
How it works
The Edge® radiosurgery system opens the door for a non-invasive alternative to conventional surgery. With an eye toward improving treatment ease and convenience, patients can expect a more comfortable experience because the procedure is minimally invasive with no incision needed. Normally an outpatient procedure, Edge treatments are typically completed within the same week taking only 1 - 5 sessions. Each session lasts less than an hour, which helps patients to quickly get in and out of treatment, reducing hospital stays and allowing them to resume their lives.
With the Edge radiosurgery system, tumors that are typically difficult to reach with traditional surgery can be targeted and treated with power and precision. The Edge system works by delivering large, targeted doses of radiation to obliterate cancer cells and other relevant indications. To accurately deliver the recommended amount of radiation, the beam treats each part of the tumor from many different angles. Using precise beam sculpting and a real-time tracking system, clinicians are able to deliver high radiation doses to destroy the tumor while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.
The Edge® radiosurgery system at Henry Ford Hospital offers a new line of defense in the fight against cancer. Using advanced cancer treatment technology, the Edge® system offers patients a fast, effective surgical option for treating tumors without incisions or the need for overnight hospital stays. It may be used to treat tumors found in the lung, prostate, brain, spine and other indications throughout the body. The Edge Radiosurgery system uses a real-time tumor tracking system so clinicians can detect slight tumor movement, thus potentially minimizing the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue.
Why choose the Edge Radiosurgery system?
- Edge’s knife-like beam provides surgeons with the agility to treat tumors that are typically difficult to reach surgically.
- Edge protects surrounding healthy tissue by using advanced motion management techniques that help detect even slight tumor movement.
- Surgeons rely on Edge to deliver fast, accurate, minimally invasive cancer treatments enabling patients to enter their procedure with confidence.
- Edge enables patients to breathe freely during treatment.
To make an appointment with a Henry Ford cancer expert, request a consult and someone will get back to you within 24 hours or to speak with a cancer nurse 24/7 call (888) 777-4167.
Edge radiosurgery is not appropriate for all cancers. Serious side effects, including fatigue and skin irritation, can occur. Treatment times may vary. Ask your doctor if the Edge treatment system is right for you.