What makes the CyberKnife Different?
Instead of restricting patient movement, CyberKnife’s leading-edge technology was designed to move with the tumor. This unique capability results in the delivery of more accurate and higher doses of radiation to the tumor, while avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and reducing the side effects commonly associated with conventional radiation therapy treatments.
Benefits of CyberKnife® Treatments
- No anesthesia required
- Outpatient procedure
- Exceptional accuracy spares healthy tissue and organs
- No recovery time
- Immediate return to normal activity
- No invasive head or body frame
- No breath holding or “respiratory gating” required during treatment
CyberKnife patients routinely report that they have no side effects or minimal side effects from their treatment, and in most cases, they can immediately return to their normal daily activities. Speak with your doctor about possible side effects you may encounter.
Is the CyberKnife Treatment Right for Me?
With CyberKnife, there is not a one-size-fits- all approach to patient care. The system’s innovative design and use of leading- edge technologies enables your physician to tailor treatments specifically to the shape of your tumor(s) in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
The unique features of CyberKnife that allow for individualized treatments include:
Real-Time Image Guidance
CyberKnife uses imaging software to track and continually adjust treatment for any movement of the patient or tumor. The system will allow you to breathe normally and remain comfortable during your treatments.
Unlimited Flexibility & Freedom
CyberKnife’s robotic maneuverability allows your physician to deliver a highly individualized treatment. With a linear accelerator mounted on a flexible robotic arm, the clinician can select from thousands of different angles from which to deliver radiation treatments.
Depending on the type of tumor, you will likely need only one to five treatments. With other radiation systems, you could require dozens of treatments spread out over several weeks. CyberKnife patients routinely report that they have minimal side effects from their treatment, and in most cases, they can immediately return to their normal daily activities.
CyberKnife operates on a fully integrated closed loop system. Each function works in unison to ensure the safest possible patient experience.
CyberKnife can treat moving tumors with pinpoint accuracy that is unmatched by other radiosurgery systems. CyberKnife can essentially “paint” your tumor with a high-dose of radiation by targeting the tumor from almost every conceivable angle.
The X-rays in the treatment room are constantly taking pictures of the tumor, comparing its actual location to the treatment plan, and instantly reporting it back through a sophisticated software program to the robot. The robot responds to the new location and instantly adjusts the beam to accurately target the tumor. This unique tracking capability results in an extremely accurate delivery of radiation, sparing your surrounding healthy tissue and critical organs from damage.