Cyberknife surgery can offer an option for inoperable or surgically complex tumors. Because of its accuracy, other areas of the body such as the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas become treatable with robotic radiosurgery.
By: Natasha Morgan
Cyberknife surgery is a non-invasive procedure which uses a combination of robotics and image-guidance technology to deliver precisely targeted doses of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
The CyberKnife was approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in 2001, and the first FDA approved CyberKnife was installed at Stanford Hospital in October, 2001.
Traditional radiosurgery has been used to treat tumors in the head for more than 30 years. The benefit of the new technology is that it is able to effectively treat tumors anywhere in the body. Because of this accuracy, other areas of the body such as the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas become treatable with robotic radiosurgery.
Cancer treatments are complex and can vary widely depending on individual diagnosis. However, Cyberknife surgery can offer an option for inoperable or surgically complex tumors.
Although it delivers multiple beams of radiation at the tumor from many angles, its amazing accuracy minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue. It can treat multiple tumors simultaneously and at various intervals, the linear accelerator stops and additional pictures are obtained of the patient, thereby allowing the CyberKnife to track and compensate for small amounts of patient movement.
This non-invasive treatment is typically delivered in a single session, although some cases require three to five sessions. The entire process is painless, and it typically takes between 30 to 90 minutes to deliver all radiation beams. Most of the time a patient can go home immediately upon completion and return to normal activities.
For more information visit the CyberKnife Patient Support Group. http://www.cyberknifesupport.org/links.html
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