by | Jul 11, 2018 | Uncategorized

One of the most significant breakthroughs in cancer therapy in recent years has been the development of CyberKnife® radiosurgery, a virtually painless, noninvasive treatment that – unlike conventional radiation therapy – precisely targets and destroys cancerous and non-cancerous tumors without harming surrounding organs or tissues. Not surprisingly, many patients diagnosed with tumors are excited about this technology and eager to learn more. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the CyberKnife System:

What is radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is a non-invasive form of radiation therapy that uses precisely targeted energy beams to destroy tumors. It is commonly used by neurosurgeons to treat conditions within the brain and spine. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is also a treatment that uses precisely targeted radiation to destroy tumors located outside the brain and spine. The  CyberKnife System is designed for both of these procedures.

What makes CyberKnife better than conventional radiation therapy?

With the CyberKnife System, precision is a critical factor. The robotic design of CyberKnife and image guidance system enables clinicians to find the best locations and angles for radiation to enter and exit the body, thus maximizing dosage to the target while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue.

In addition, CyberKnife accounts for the body’s regular movements such as breathing. While the procedure is done, the system recognizes the body movements and makes adjustments on its own to ensure accuracy and precision. Because patients don’t have to control their natural movements, they get to rest comfortably while getting the procedure done.

Plus, the CyberKnife procedure is pain-free. Patients are able to receive treatment without discomfort and without the need for anesthesia. As a result, they are able to receive treatment quickly and with little or no recovery time after the procedure.

What does CyberKnife treat?

CyberKnife has been used successfully to treat conditions throughout the body, including the prostate, lungs, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidney.

Is CyberKnife a safe procedure?

The CyberKnife System is one of the safest cancer treatment options currently available. Despite its name – and although it involves radiosurgery – it does not involve cutting and is not a real surgical procedure. Also it doesn’t present the risks and complications associated with conventional radiation therapy as the organs and tissues surrounding the tumor being treated are not exposed to radiation.

What are the benefits of treatment with the CyberKnife System?

With CyberKnife there are no surgical incisions, so the procedure is generally pain free. Unlike standard radiation therapy, CyberKnife has minimal side effects. Treatments typically are completed in just one to five treatment sessions and there is little or no recovery time required. Once a session is over, you can immediately return to your normal, daily activities.

Will my insurance cover my CyberKnife treatments?

Per its FDA clearance, CyberKnife treatments are covered by most payers in most U.S. areas. Nevertheless, patients should always check with their insurers relative to particular diagnosis and treatment, and if require, obtain prior authorization once a treatment option is determined.

Beam of Life – CyberKnife Center of Miami Beach has world-class physicians trained in radiosurgery and, more importantly, they have a wealth of experience in the field. To learn more about the CyberKnife procedure, call 800-204-0455 or 305-279-2900 to schedule an appointment. Or simply visit our website at