What Are the Side Effects of CyberKnife?

What Are the Side Effects of CyberKnife?

by Yenny (SU)

Ordinarily, the prospect of undergoing radiation therapy – or any treatment – for a cancerous tumor can be as distressing as the disease itself.

That’s because conventional forms of radiation therapy can have severe side effects depending on the type of cancer you have, and the area being treated. These unwanted side effects may include:

·       Fatigue

·       Skin problems

·       Nausea and vomiting

·       Diarrhea

·       Incontinence

·       Shortness of breath

·       Difficulty swallowing

·       Damage to surrounding tissue

Also, if you have radiation seeds (an older technology) to treat prostate cancer and the cancer returns, invasive surgery is no longer an option.

The Benefits of CyberKnife Radiosurgery

Fortunately, with the painless CyberKnife® System of radiation therapy, there are few if any side effects. One reason is that CyberKnife (a.k.a. The Beam of Life™) uses image-guided robotics to precisely and non-invasively destroy cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and other lesions with multiple beams of high-energy radiation without affecting the organs and tissues surrounding the tumor.

In fact, the CyberKnife System is one of the safest cancer treatment options available. Despite its name, it doesn’t involve any cutting. Because it is a totally non-invasive procedure, it doesn’t pose the risks or complications associated with surgery, such as infection or hemorrhaging.

Also, the anesthesia used in the conventional radiation treatment for certain cancers can cause a lot of side effects, including nausea and constipation. However, there is no anesthesia – whether general or local – with the CyberKnife procedure, so there are none of these effects, and no recovery time is required.

The CyberKnife Radiosurgery treatment can often be completed in just one to five 30- to 90-minute sessions – usually within a week or two – as opposed to the dozens of grueling treatments lasting weeks or months with conventional radiation therapy.

The CyberKnife procedure can have a few minor side effects similar to other radiation treatments, like nausea and fatigue. However, your medical history or condition may make you more or less prone to these side effects. The best person to determine if CyberKnife is right for you, is you, and your doctor, however it is always a good idea to get a second opinion and guidance from CyberKnife experts like those at the CyberKnife Center of Miami.

Clinically Proven Alternative to Conventional Radiation Therapy

CyberKnife’s image-guided radiation technology has been in use and clinically proven for more than 30 years. It has been used by hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, and many clinical studies published in medical journals have confirmed its safety and effectiveness.

Cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001, the CyberKnife system has perfected an effective way to treat tumors and lesions anywhere in the body without pain, unintended damage to organs or tissue, or unnecessary side effects.

Where Can I Have CyberKnife Radiation Treatment in Miami?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or a have a non-cancerous tumor and are unsure of where to turn, contact the CyberKnife Center of Miami today at (800) 204-0455 or (305) 279-2900 to learn more about how we can help you restore your health. For more information, please visit our website at cyberknifemiami.com and our prostate cancer website. www.prostatecancertreatmentmiami.com

You can also simply fill out our online form to request an appointment. Our dedicated staff would love to talk to you about your treatment options – and help you on your journey to recovery.