CyberKnife

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive option for treating cancerous and non-cancerous tumors throughout the body. The CyberKnife delivers beams of high-dose radiation to tumors without harming nearby tissue.

CyberKnife treatment offers several advantages over surgery:

  • It is painless and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
  • It treats tumors with pinpoint accuracy while preserving healthy tissue.
  • It uses special software that can adjust for movement by the patient or the tumor. You can breathe normally and relax comfortably while it is being performed.
  • Any part of the body can be treated using the CyberKnife. It is particularly beneficial for tumors of the prostate, lung, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney.
  • Treatment can be successfully completed in 30- to 90-minute treatment sessions over three to five days.
  • Side effects are minimal and typically subside within the first two weeks after treatment. Some patients experience none at all.

If your physician determines that a CyberKnife procedure is right for you, the process begins with a high-resolution computerized tomography (CT) scan to determine the size, shape and location of the tumor. The image produced by the CT scan is then transferred to the CyberKnife workstation, where a highly trained clinician uses this information to plan for exactly how large a dose will be required and where it will be directed.

Then, you will be positioned on a treatment table. The clinician will use a computer-controlled robot to slowly move the CyberKnife around you to the various points from which it will deliver radiation beams to the tumor.