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Treat Brain Tumors With Non-Invasive CyberKnife
CyberKnife treats all types of brain tumors very effectively. Nationwide, thousands of patients suffering from brain tumors have been treated using CyberKnife therapy while maintaining quality of life.
Thanks to breakthrough advances in technology, the CyberKnife uses radiation to ablate brain tumors and stop them from growing.
The pinpoint accuracy of CyberKnife also minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue, which can be a problem with standard radiation.
CyberKnife for Brain Tumors
Who Is a Candidate for CyberKnife?
Most people who have been told that they are not a candidate for surgery, because a tumor is in a dangerous area of the brain, may be a candidate for CyberKnife Brain Cancer Treatment.
We can also treat benign lesions, post-operative patients, and metastases.
What To Expect from CyberKnife Brain Tumor Treatment?
Most patients can be treated in 1-5 treatments over a period of a few days. The treatment itself is comfortable, and patients can expect little to no side effects after undergoing CyberKnife.
Decades with Extremely High Rates of Tumor Control
Despite its name, CyberKnife is not a knife at all. Also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), this cutting-edge radiation technology is completely non-invasive.
There’s no cutting, incision, blood, anesthesia, or pain. There are few, if any, side effects and no recovery time. You can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment.
Each treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Patients typically require only one to five treatments instead of 10 or more treatments with conventional radiation therapy. If tumors come back, we often can treat them again.
The CyberKnife system can be used either on a stand-alone basis or in combination with other brain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery, or whole-brain radiation therapy.
Unlike other radiosurgery systems – such as the Gamma Knife – the CyberKnife system does not require patients to be fitted with a rigid and invasive head frame and is done on an outpatient basis. In the set-up stage, the radiation therapist will create a soft mesh mask that is custom fitted to the patient’s face. This comfortable and non-invasive mask helps keep the patient’s head and neck still during treatment.
While wearing the mask, a CT scan will be performed. The CT data will be used by the CyberKnife team to determine the exact size, shape and location of the tumor.
The medical team will determine the size of the area that must be targeted by radiation and the appropriate radiation dose.
The CyberKnife will move slowly around you during treatment and you won’t feel a thing. It’s completely pain free. Patients dress comfortably in their own clothes and can bring music to listen to during treatment. Nothing will be required of the patient, except relaxation. In fact, patients often sleep through the treatment.
There are generally only minimal side effects from CyberKnife treatments, which may include mild headache and fatigue.
After completing the CyberKnife treatment, patients will schedule follow-up appointments.
Keep in mind that the brain tumor will not suddenly disappear. In fact, it could take several weeks or longer for the full effect of the treatment to be known.
Response to treatment varies from patient to patient. Clinical experience has shown that most brain cancer patients respond very well to CyberKnife treatments.
CyberKnife radiosurgery has been used for more than three decades with extremely high rates of tumor control, and most patients are good candidates for treatment.
Brain Tumors Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Brain Tumor?
A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells in the brain.
Types of Brain Tumors
Brain Tumors that Begin in the Brain
- Acoustic Neuroma (Shwanoma)
- Pituitary Adenoma
- Germ Cell Tumors
Cancers that Can Spread to the Brain
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
Benign vs Cancerous Brain Tumors
Cancerous or malignant brain tumors may spread to other parts of the brain, whereas benign brain tumors may grow but do not spread.
Symptoms of Brain Tumors
Early Warning Signs of Brain Tumors
- Personality or Memory Changes
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Sleep Problems
- Changes in Motor Skills
When to See a Doctor?
If you have a headache that starts suddenly and continues for a long period of time, becomes reoccurring, or worsens with activity, are among the earliest warning signs that you may need to see a doctor.
Diagnosing Brain Tumors
Doctors may use a variety of methods including neurological exams, imaging tests (such as an MRI, CT or PET scans), to determine whether cancer spread from other parts of the body. A surgical biopsy may be done to determine whether the tumor is cancerous or benign.
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