Body movements like breathing, coughing, etc. can cause the tumor to slightly change its position. When this happens, there are high chances of linear accelerators missing a part of the tumor or causing damage to nearby organs.
CyberKnife uses a combination of real-time imaging and pre-treatment planning to target the tumor. The pre-treatment planning allows the specialists to determine the ideal position of the tumor and the radiation beams. Real-time imaging is used to track the tumor's movement and adjust the radiation beams accordingly. This reduces damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.
CyberKnife’s precision technology allows radiologists to deliver high-dose radiation to the target area in less time. CyberKnife can treat a wide range of cancers, namely brain tumors, lung cancers, liver cancers, pancreatic cancers, and prostate cancers. Along with cancers, CyberKnife can also treat non-cancerous conditions like AV malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, and a few more functional disorders.
CyberKnife benefits patients in numerous ways:
CyberKnife carefully tracks the movement of the tumor caused by breathing, coughing, swallowing, etc., and adjusts radiation beams accordingly.
CyberKnife helps specialists reach out to inoperable tumors and treat them with positive outcomes.
CyberKnife approaches the tumor from several unique angles and thereby reduces the damage to the surrounding tissues.
In general, CyberKnife treatment sessions are brief in number and time as this platform largely targets the affected areas while sparing healthy tissues.
CyberKnife treatment is well tolerated by most patients.
Recovery is almost immediate, with fewer treatment-related complications.