Treating Cancer with CyberKnife

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is an advanced technology that delivers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery, or stereotactic body radiation therapy. It is the only system to continuously stay on target despite patient and tumor motion. It enables tumors to be treated anywhere in the body with confidence and without compromise.

During CyberKnife procedures, patients will lie on a treatment table while the machine’s robotic arm moves around their body delivering high doses of radiation directly to their tumor with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Most treatment sessions typically last 30 – 60 minutes in five or fewer treatments depending on the size, shape and location of your tumor.

CyberKnife Advantages:

  • Noninvasive, NO incisions, NO knife
  • NO anesthesia or hospitalization required
  • Painless
  • 5 or fewer outpatient treatment sessions
  • Little to NO recovery time
  • Allows for an immediate return to daily activities
  • Minimal, if any, side effects due to pinpoint precision of high-dose radiation delivery
  • Minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor treatment site

Treating Cancer with CyberKnife

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is an advanced technology that delivers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery, or stereotactic body radiation therapy. It is the only system to continuously stay on target despite patient and tumor motion. It enables tumors to be treated anywhere in the body with confidence and without compromise.

During CyberKnife procedures, patients will lie on a treatment table while the machine’s robotic arm moves around their body delivering high doses of radiation directly to their tumor with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Most treatment sessions typically last 30 – 60 minutes in five or fewer treatments depending on the size, shape and location of your tumor.

CyberKnife Advantages:

  • Noninvasive, NO incisions, NO knife
  • NO anesthesia or hospitalization required
  • Painless
  • 5 or fewer outpatient treatment sessions
  • Little to NO recovery time
  • Allows for an immediate return to daily activities
  • Minimal, if any, side effects due to pinpoint precision of high-dose radiation delivery
  • Minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor treatment site

Why CyberKnife?

The CyberKnife System is an image-guided linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm that is designed to deliver a very precise type of external radiation treatment known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). It is the only radiation therapy technology that tracks tumor motion and automatically adjusts the treatment beam as natural prostate motion is detected. The CyberKnife System is highly precise, enabling clinicians to deliver individualized treatment with sub-millimeter accuracy through the use of continual image guidance and robotic mobility. As a result, the radiation is targeted to the prostate, minimizing exposure of healthy tissue. Using the CyberKnife System, physicians can precisely maximize dose in four to five treatment sessions, minimize side effects, and maximize patient comfort during treatment.

Why CyberKnife?

The CyberKnife System is an image-guided linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm that is designed to deliver a very precise type of external radiation treatment known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). It is the only radiation therapy technology that tracks tumor motion and automatically adjusts the treatment beam as natural prostate motion is detected. The CyberKnife System is highly precise, enabling clinicians to deliver individualized treatment with sub-millimeter accuracy through the use of continual image guidance and robotic mobility. As a result, the radiation is targeted to the prostate, minimizing exposure of healthy tissue. Using the CyberKnife System, physicians can precisely maximize dose in four to five treatment sessions, minimize side effects, and maximize patient comfort during treatment.

What We Treat

Our dedicated staff uses the advanced technology offered by the CyberKnife to treat several types of cancers and other conditions. Below are some of the conditions we are currently treating:

Brain Tumors

CyberKnife robotic stereotactic radiosurgery painlessly delivers precise beams of high-dose radiation to brain tumors and lesions, without incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. CyberKnife is a non-invasive, frameless treatment and can be used for brain tumors that are considered inoperable because of their location in the head. For those patients who cannot undergo brain cancer surgery due to their poor medical condition or who refuse surgery, CyberKnife may be the right option. The CyberKnife System also can treat benign, or non-cancerous, tumors and other conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy is used to treat breast cancer painlessly and non-invasively. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to a patient’s breast cancer safely and effectively. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Radiation therapy serves as an effective treatment for breast cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. Several factors determine candidacy for radiation therapy treatment including the stage of the cancer, potential side effects, age and overall health. Sometimes a combination of treatments is the best plan for treating breast cancer.

Kidney Tumors

Radiosurgery for kidney tumors is noninvasive, and typically carries less risk of complications than conventional surgery. For patients who refuse surgery or have medically inoperable kidney tumors, radiosurgery can be an effective treatment option. CyberKnife®, which delivers high-dose radiation over one to five treatments, can be particularly effective for treatment of small kidney tumors. CyberKnife has the ability to compensate for normal patient movements, precisely targeting the tumor during the entire procedure and minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This is important when treating kidney tumors, which can shift during treatment due to regular patient movements such as breathing.

Liver Cancer

CyberKnife’s ability to treat tumors with precisely focused radiation offers an important advantage for patients with cancer of the liver. Accurate to within less than a millimeter, radiosurgery has minimal effect on surrounding health tissue. This level of accuracy enables doctors to target liver tumors with high-dose radiation, which significantly reduces the number of treatments needed – usually between three and five over several days compared to 30-40 over several weeks required for radiotherapy systems. Radiosurgery has other benefits as well, namely its ability to track tumors in real time. That means patients breathe normally during each treatment session, since the radiation beam adjusts automatically to the tumor location.

Lung Tumors

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery painlessly delivers precise beams of radiation to tumors and lesions, without requiring incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. It can serve as an effective lung cancer treatment and is an especially good option for patients with early stage lung cancer, complex tumors or patients who prefer a non-invasive way to treat their cancer.

Ocular/Orbital Tumors

CyberKnife® is capable of high-dose radiation for tumors or lesions in especially sensitive areas of the brain and is the only radiosurgery system that doesn’t need an invasive head frame. Radiosurgery with CyberKnife safely delivers high-dose radiation while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue. Ocular and orbital tumors can be difficult to treat due to their close proximity to important structures in the brain, and CyberKnife provides an effective treatment option for these tumors due to the precise nature of the radiation beams it delivers. Ocular and orbital tumors can greatly affect a patient’s quality of life, and radiosurgery with CyberKnife offers a treatment option that can preserve a patient’s vision.

Pancreatic Cancer

CyberKnife® treats pancreatic cancer with high-dose radiation. Clinical studies are ongoing to test the CyberKnife’s effectiveness in treating localized, non-metastatic pancreatic cancer. However, preliminary results involving patients with relatively advanced cases of pancreatic cancer suggest that CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment is well tolerated and provides some clinical benefit.

Prior to treatment, doctors implant between three to five small metal markers known as fiducials in or near the tumor that enable the CyberKnife to pinpoint the tumor location throughout treatment. Implanting the markers is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour. About a week later, patients are fitted with a custom body mold made of soft material that they lie on during treatments. The fitting process is painless. Patients then undergo a CT scan that assists in developing a customized treatment plan.

Prostate Cancer

The CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system is a widely used form of nonsurgical prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) believes that enough clinical evidence exists so that SBRT should be considered an appropriate treatment option for select patients with low- to intermediate-risk prostate cancer. CyberKnife is designed to avoid healthy tissue and critical anatomy, therefore reducing side effects such as erectile dysfunction, urinary and bowel complications.

Spinal Tumors

Spine cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in or around the spinal cord resulting in a tumor. If the abnormal cells originated from cells in the tissues of the spine, this is a Primary Spine Tumor. Primary tumors in the spine are relatively rare and are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

If the abnormal cells originated in another part of the body, as in cancer originating in the lung, breast, colon or skin and were carried to the spine by the blood or other bodily fluid, growing into a tumor, then it is considered a Metastatic Spine Tumor. Both primary and metastatic spine tumors are very serious because they can compress the spinal cord and/or destroy the bone and surrounding tissue in the spine. These tumors cause patients to experience pain, gait and posture problems, and other neurological issues.

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Pottstown, PA 19464-3241