How does the CyberKnife work?
CyberKnife uses a high-energy X-ray machine on a robotic arm to precisely deliver radiation beams that destroy tumor cells and stop tumor growth while avoiding damage to healthy tissue. The treatment process is the same for each CyberKnife patient.
What is the success rate of CyberKnife?
Prostate SBRT administered by the system resulted in the following disease-free survival rates: 97% – 100% for low-risk patients. Superior to the 92% – 94% from conventional radiation therapy historic data.
How long does a CyberKnife treatment last?
Compared to other radiosurgical treatments, the CyberKnife offers several advantages to patients, including rapid relief from pain and other symptoms. Treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, with each treatment lasting between 30 to 90 minutes.
What are the side effects of CyberKnife treatment?
Some of the most common side effects of CyberKnife include:
- Skin irritation or rash at the site of radiation delivery.
- Changes in bodily functions like salivary function or urination.
- Specific problems in the area being treated (such as damage to nearby structures)
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Who is a candidate for CyberKnife?
Good Candidates for CyberKnife
Medically inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or those who seek an alternative to surgery or conventional radiation therapy. Recurrent cancer or metastatic tumors that have spread to other areas of the body from the main tumor site.
What is the difference between radiation and CyberKnife?
Cyberknife Is More Accurate Than Traditional Radiation Therapy. Because it’s able to target diseased tissue, Cyberknife SBRT is much more accurate than traditional radiation therapy. SBRT can deliver radiation to a margin of one to five millimeters surrounding a tumor.
What does CyberKnife treatment cost?
At an average Medicare cost of $29,000, CyberKnife prostate treatment is not cheap. But it can be less expensive than some other radiation methods, which may cost as much as $50,000.
Can CyberKnife be repeated?
How many times can you receive a CyberKnife treatment? The frequency of treatments depend on where the tumor is located and what type of tumor is being treated. Most cases can receive multi-treatments or be retreated with the CyberKnife.
Is proton therapy better than CyberKnife?
CyberKnife technology performs stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, high doses of radiation are delivered to tumors with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing damage to nearby healthy tissue. Proton therapy has the capability of minimizing damage to healthy tissue through the use of particle therapy.
What cancers does CyberKnife treat?
The CyberKnife M6 system treats the following cancers and other benign tumors:
- Brain cancer (benign and malignant)
- Head and neck cancer.
- Liver cancer.
- Lung cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer.
- Prostate cancer.
Do you lose your hair with CyberKnife?
The radiation delivered by the CyberKnife® is so focused on a specific target that it is highly unlikely that hair loss or skin burn will occur. In the event that a treated lesion is very close to the scalp or skin though, the adjacent hair or skin may be affected.
Can you drive after CyberKnife treatment?
After treatment and follow-up
Most of the time, patients are able to go back to their usual activities but will need someone to drive them home immediately after treatment. Members of our CyberKnife team can help you to arrange alternate transportation plans if needed.
Does Medicare cover CyberKnife Radiation?
Medicare recipients who live in 33 states have insurance coverage for CyberKnife treatments, but men who live in 17 states are out of luck. In those states, which include California and Texas, Medicare coverage and payment is limited to conventional radiation therapy treatment programs.
What is CyberKnife used for?
It is used to treat conditions throughout the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidney, and can be an alternative to surgery or for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. CyberKnife treatments are typically performed in 1 to 5 sessions.