CyberKnife radiosurgery is a highly effective tool in the treatment of primary and metastatic kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma.
The extremely high doses of radiation target only the tumor while sparing healthy normal tissues.
Unfortunately, renal cell carcinoma is highly resistant to traditional radiation therapy so normal treatment options are not effective at eradicating the cancer. Rather, they simply slow it down.
CyberKnife radiosurgery is truly the ideal non-surgical option for people with renal cell carcinoma, because it is a treatment that can completely ablate the lesion utilizing its missile-guided technology and precision.
It delivers pinpoint radiation directly to the tumor with extreme accuracy and minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.
Because it delivers the highest dose of radiation possible, patients need fewer treatments and the control rate is high. It kills tumor cells, and over time the tumor dies.
The medical team will determine the size of the area being targeted by radiation and the dosage, as well as identifying critical structures and vital organs where radiation must be minimized.
The doctors may choose to deliver the treatment in one or up to five treatments.
The CyberKnife is completely pain free. Patients dress comfortably in their own clothes and can bring music to listen to during the treatment.
Nothing will be required of the patient during the treatment, except to relax. In fact, patients often sleep through the treatment.
There are generally only minimal side effects, if any, from CyberKnife treatments.
After completing the CyberKnife treatment, patients will schedule follow-up appointments.
Keep in mind that the tumor will not suddenly disappear. In fact, it could take several weeks or longer to determine the effectiveness of the CyberKnife treatment.
Response to treatment varies from patient to patient. Clinical experience has shown us that most patients respond very well to CyberKnife treatments.
If you have kidney cancer, it’s critical to understand your treatment options. To find out if you are a candidate for life-saving CyberKnife radiosurgery, call CyberKnife Center of Miami at (800) 204-0455.