The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System offers new hope for treatment of tumors virtually anywhere in the body. It provides a non-invasive alternative to surgery by delivering beams of high-dose radiation to tumors without harming nearby tissue.
Although its name may conjure images of scalpels and surgery, the CyberKnife treatment involves no cutting. In fact, it provides a pain-free option that requires no overnight hospital stay. For patients whose tumors are surgically complex or are located in difficult-to-reach parts of the body, the CyberKnife provides a treatment that reduces and often eliminates tumors in a short period of time.
CyberKnife treatment offers the patient several significant advantages:
- 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 is able to 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 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. More information is available from the National Cancer Institute at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/treatment.
You will receive a bill from Vidant Health CyberKnife for this service, and you will also receive a separate billing to cover the physician’s professional fees.