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CyberKnife® radiosurgery is a revolutionary system that allows doctors to treat cancer and other conditions without surgery. Despite its name, CyberKnife® involves no knives or scalpels. Instead, this incredible technology utilizes a combination of CT [hyperlink to “CT Scan” A.D.A.M. content] imaging and computer-controlled robotics to deliver the most precise cancer treatment available today with no incision, no blood loss and no pain.
The CyberKnife® radiosurgery system delivers targeted radiation beams with sub-millimeter accuracy. The result is a more effective treatment with minimal, if any, impact to surrounding tissue and few side effects.
This extreme precision means that CyberKnife® can be used anywhere in the body to treat tumors in the brain, spine, lungs, liver, pancreas and prostate. It is also an effective treatment for non-cancerous conditions such as vascular tumors and abnormal blood vessels.
At Lutheran General Hospital, our highly trained team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, nurses, and radiation therapists offers the experience and expertise to deliver CyberKnife® radiosurgery as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
The CyberKnife® radiosurgery system delivers highly advanced non-surgical technology to treat cancer and other non-cancerous conditions. A number of unique features make CyberKnife® one of the most effective treatments available today.
First Full-Body System - CyberKnife® radiosurgery can be used anywhere on the body, making it available to more patients than previous radiosurgery treatments.
Precise Accuracy - With XsightTM spine tracking technology, the CyberKnife® radiosurgery system monitors tumor location using the spine as a reference point. SynchronyTM respiratory tracking technology makes it possible to adjust for the patient’s normal breathing rhythm. As a result, radiation can be targeted to the exact tumor location, increasing the treatment’s efficacy and reducing the risk of damaging healthy surrounding tissue.
Non-Invasive – CyberKnife® radiosurgery involves no incision, no pain and no blood loss. Unlike other radiosurgery treatments, CyberKnife® does not require a metal frame for accuracy.
Outpatient Treatment - CyberKnife® radiosurgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means no hospitalization. Side effects are minimal, and patients usually return to normal activities immediately following treatment.
Who Is Eligible For CyberKnife® Treatment?
Your physician and care team will determine if the CyberKnife® radiosurgery system is appropriate for you. Patients with tumors throughout the body, as well as non-cancerous conditions benefit from CyberKnife® radiosurgery. The following list of medical conditions are among those that can be treated with this extraordinary technology:
CyberKnife® has been approved for treatment by the FDA since 2001. Medicare and most insurance plans do cover CyberKnife® radiosurgery treatment.
What is the Cyberknife® Treatment Process?
What tests will I need to take before treatment?
Prior to your first CyberKnife® treatment, you must undergo a number of tests, including a CT scan and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to gather information about your condition and to prepare a CyberKnife® treatment plan.
How long does a CyberKnife® treatment take?
Treatment time varies, depending upon the area being treated and the number of stages or “fractions” needed. Each fraction is usually performed within an hour.
What does CyberKnife® treatment feel like?
CyberKnife® treatment is painless. In fact, you will not “feel” the radiation being delivered. You may be able to see and hear the machine moving around your body.
Are there dietary restrictions or special clothes I should wear?
There are no restrictions on eating or drinking before treatment. You may receive a sedative during treatment, so we ask that you bring someone who will drive you home following treatment. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and no jewelry on the day of your treatment.