Is CyberKnife® covered by insurance?
Medicare, as well as most insurance plans, does approve treatment with the CyberKnife®. Depending upon your insurance, you may have a co-pay. CyberKnife® has been approved for treatment by the FDA since 2001. We ask that our patients share their insurance information with us to assist them with those insurers who may be unfamiliar with CyberKnife® treatments especially in areas outside of the brain. Financial counselors also are available to assist.
How do I know if I can be treated with CyberKnife®?
To see if you are a candidate for CyberKnife® treatment, please talk with your doctor. You may be referred to a CyberKnife-trained physician who can evaluate your condition, as well as discuss other treatment options with you and your family. Physicians meet weekly to discuss cases being considered for CyberKnife treatment. You will be notified of the outcome of this review, and an appointment can then be made to plan your individualized treatment.
How long does CyberKnife® treatment take?
Your treatment time will vary, depending on the area being treated. Each stage, or fraction, typically lasts one hour. Some patients need just one stage, while others require several stages for most effective treatment.
What does treatment feel like?
Treatment is painless. You will not feel anything as the radiation is delivered. You may see and hear the CyberKnife® machine moving and setting up for the next position. You will not need to do anything during treatment except lie still. The therapist will monitor your progress through the video and intercom system. You may choose to bring a CD to listen to during treatment.