The CyberKnife System

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is composed of a radiation delivery device, called a linear accelerator (or Linac), which is mounted on a robotic arm. The flexibility of the robotic arm allows the CyberKnife System to deliver radiation to tumors anywhere in the body, including the brain, head and neck, spine, lung, prostate, liver, pancreas, breast and other soft tissues.

The CyberKnife System also utilizes sophisticated software and advanced imaging to track tumor and patient movement and adjusts the beams of high-dose radiation to ensure treatment is delivered with a high degree of accuracy. Because of this exceptional tracking ability, the CyberKnife System eliminates the need for patients to have stabilizing frames bolted to their head or limit their breathing during treatment to minimize movement of the tumor. This unique capability results in the delivery of more accurate and higher doses of radiation to the tumor, while avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue and reducing the side effects commonly associated with conventional radiation therapy treatments.

With the CyberKnife System, patients can complete treatment in one to five days, compared to the weeks it takes to complete a course of conventional radiation therapy. In addition, it provides a pain-free, non-surgical option for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who may be looking for an alternative to surgery.

Benefits of CyberKnife

The unique features developed in the CyberKnife System allow for a multitude of patient benefits and individualized treatments including:

  • Real-Time Image Guidance - The CyberKnife System uses imaging software to track and continually adjust treatment for any movement of the patient or tumor.

  • Unlimited Flexibility & Freedom – The CyberKnife System’s robotic maneuverability allows your physician to deliver a highly individualized treatment.

  • Unrivaled Accuracy – The CyberKnife System can treat moving tumors with pinpoint accuracy that is unmatched by other radiosurgery systems.

  • Convenience – Depending on the type of tumor, you will likely need only one to five CyberKnife treatments. With other radiation systems, you could require dozens of treatments spread out over several weeks.

A Team Approach

Our Radiation Oncologists design and deliver CyberKnife treatments to tumors throughout the body including the brain and spine. It has been demonstrated that patient outcomes are maximized when a team of physicians are involved in the treatment plan. That is why our program was designed specifically around an approach of teamwork. We work closely with specialists in the fields of neurosurgery, general surgery and urology to tailor treatments specifically to each tumor(s) shape in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

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