CyberKnife is the first robotic radiosurgery system to enable physicians to treat tumors anywhere in the body. Cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery can track a tumor’s true position throughout treatment, providing the submillimeter precision needed to avoid irradiating normal and critical tissues. While radiosurgery has been a effective treatment for the past four decades, CyberKnife treatment can maintain its accuracy for tumors that move with respiration, such as pancreatic and lung tumors . Using the latest capabilities, including the world’s first next-generation CyberKnife Radiosurgery unit, our physicians can effectively treat your cancer or tumor.
Why should I consider CyberKnife?
Some tumors are inoperable, and certain patients aren’t eligible for surgery. CyberKnife Stereotactic radiosurgery uses image-guided precision to make it possible for our radiation oncologists to treat these people – with excellent results. It’s also a potential option for people who are ineligible for conventional radiotherapy.
CyberKnife radiosurgery may even be preferred for patients and tumors treatable with other methods. That’s because, with CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment,we can often achieve equal or better results... without chemotherapy, surgery, incision, blood loss, anesthesia, recovery time, pain or a hospital stay. Most Cyberknife patients just get up and go back to their regular activities. (For more information about the benefits of Cyberknife, visit the Cyberknife Difference page.)
How does CyberKnife work?
The keys to CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery offers versatility and accuracy because of its imaging capabilities and its robotic range of motion.
- Cyberknife “sees” the target.
The CyberKnife Radiosurgery System takes X-ray images throughout treatment to determine the target’s true position. If the tumor moves, the CyberKnife robot moves in response, maintaining its precision using the Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System. Other systems work only from pre-treatment images and, so, remain unaware of the tumor’s actual position during treatment.
- Cyberknife Radiosurgery maintains accuracy while sparing healthy tissues.
CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery has six different points of axis where it can bend, turn, tilt or swivel. CyberKnife treatment moves in response to the target’s true position and can treat virtually anywhere in the body. CyberKnife’s range of motion also makes it possible for our doctors to treat a tumor from many different angles, minimizing exposure to healthy tissue and critical structures.
Improving your life during treatment.
Traditional forms of treatment can have a negative impact on your life. Surgery involves prep, incisions, scarring, recovery time, pain and a hospital stay. There’s also risk of blood loss, infection and complications. Chemotherapy has side effects ranging from nausea, diarrhea and hair loss to fatigue, depression, reduced immunity and more. Radiotherapy, which involves many weeks of treatments, also has side effects.
CyberKnife radiosurgery, however, requires only one to five treatment sessions. Cyberknife is painless and lasts only a few minutes, and there’s no anesthesia, incision or downtime. After Cyberknife radiosurgery treatment, you just get up and go live your life. And in the care of skilled radiation oncologists, the side effects, risks and complications of Cyberknife radiosurgery treatment are much less than with surgery or conventional radiation therapy.
Whom should I trust for my care?
The radiation oncologists at the Cyberknife of Southern California have performed about 80% of all radiosurgery in San Diego County. As with any medical therapy, radiosurgery for tumors should be trusted to physicians with proven experience and expertise. Our team includes nationally renowned leaders in radiosurgery, radiation oncologists with advanced radiosurgery training from top medical institutions, a director of a leading CyberKnife center, an editor of the leading book on robotic radiosurgery and more. After all, CyberKnife is a tool for treating tumors, and it does not – and cannot – substitute for the knowledge and skill of an experienced radiation oncologist.