Cyberknife Treatment for Cancer

Cyberknife Treatment for Cancer

Cyberknife treatment

The word cyber knife sounds like a type of knife. Well, this is not something to be used in the kitchen but this is an entirely different process which is present to treat cancer. The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive alternative for surgery in order to treat both cancerous and noncancerous tumors which are present anywhere in the body. This includes the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. This treatment has radiation that is with high beam to the tumors which have immense accuracy and have the potential to treat the cancers because of which the patients have a ray of hope.

Although the name is invoking images of sharp blades and surgery, the CyberKnife treatment has no usage of sharp things and there is no cutting involved. And this CyberKnife System is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system which is designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body in a non-invasive manner. For patients who have complex tumors which cannot be operated this process gives a pain-free, non-surgical option to treat tumors.

Uniqueness of CyberKnife Systems

There are several reasons why CyberKnife System is a one-of-a-kind device.

  • Cyberknife system makes use of image guidance in order to track and continues to adjust treatments for the patients and the movement of tumor. This is what makes it different from other treatments. This treatment lets patients to relax and breathe normally during the treatment.

  • Cyberknife doesn’t require any rigid head frames that are screwed into the skull of the patients to lessen the movements like other treatments. Cyberknife is more comfortable to the patients and lets them be free while the treatment is going on.

  • Cyberknife can reach any part of the body unlike any other treatments.

  • Cyberknife treatment is accurate and treats the tumors with the radiotherapy precisely. It only treats the tumors and doesn’t disturb any healthy tissue.

Treatment Process

  • Cyberknife is a process in which the treatments involve a team approach where several specialists participate.

  • Before the treatment is done using a high resolution CT scan the patient is imaged in order to find and locate the size, shape of the tumor.

  • After this the image is transferred digitally to the workstation of cyberknife and the treatment plan starts.

  • A clinician who is qualified uses the software of cyberknife to start the treatment plan. This plan is made use in order to suit the dose of radiation required for the tumor that is identified by limiting the radiation only to the tumor and not harming any healthy tissue.

  • The moment the treatment plan is developed the patient is ready for the cyberknife process. The patients are comfortably positioned at the table and the robot will slowly move at the locations of the tumors to deliver radiation.

  • The session will last for 30 to 90 minutes and it depends on the type of the tumor. The patient has to return for further sessions if required. Patients may have minimal side effects that will go after two weeks of treatment.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad