Patient Benefits and the Advantages of CyberKnife
Benefits to Patients
There are many patient benefits of undergoing CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment, including:
- Enhanced comfort due to elimination of invasive head frame
- Little to no recovery time or side effects
- Improved quality of life
- Performed as an outpatient procedure
- Virtually pain-free; there is no sedation, incisions or blood loss during treatment
- Eliminates the risk of post-surgical complications
- Shorter treatment as compared to open surgery or traditional radiation therapy
The Advantages of CyberKnife
Non-Surgical Treatment Option
CyberKnife is a painless, non-invasive approach to radiosurgery that results in fewer complications than open surgery, with comparable outcomes.
Using a fully integrated robotic delivery system, the CyberKnife allows for superior reach and maneuverability to previously inaccessible and inoperable lesions, such as lesions involving the spine, optic apparatus and pancreas. Robotic flexibility allows for isocentric as well as non-isocentric treatment.
With sub-millimeter accuracy, concentrated radiation beams, fired from a possible 1,200 distinct targeting positions, are directly administered to the tumor site, minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. With the addition of the Iris, the CyberKnife now has improved the localization of the radiation dose on the targeted tumor.
CyberKnife's image-guided robotic technology continually tracks patient movement and confirms tumor location prior to beam delivery, making it possible to treat lesions that move with respiration, such as lung and pancreas tumors.
Unlike conventional radiosurgical technology, the CyberKnife system uses the skeletal structure of the body, rather than invasive metal frames and skull pins, as a reference point for identifying the tumor position throughout the treatment.
Higher Radiation Doses
Many patients who previously reached the lifetime dose limit of traditional radiation therapy to critical structures and/or tissues can receive additional treatment with CyberKnife because of its targeted treatment precision.