As a cancer patient, the prospect of undergoing radiation treatment can fill you with a sense of dread. That’s mainly because your expectation is that the therapy will cause unpleasant side effects such as fatigue, skin irritation, hair loss, problems eating and other harmful complications.
However, there is now a revolutionary form of pain-free radiation therapy that can put your fears to rest. It’s called the CyberKnife® System and it is designed to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body without harming other cells and with minimal side effects and little or no recovery time.
The CyberKnife Difference
Actually, CyberKnife is a bit of a misnomer – there is no “knife” or cutting involved. In fact, it is a totally non-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure that provides an effective alternative to standard radiation therapy.
Unlike conventional radiation therapy – which delivers high doses of radiation to a general area, thus damaging normal tissues – the CyberKnife System utilizes radiosurgery. It’s a form of radiation therapy that uses precisely targeted energy beams to destroy cancerous tumor cells without affecting surrounding organs or tissues.
This technique works by damaging the genetic material within the cancer cells and limiting their ability to successfully reproduce. When these damaged cancer cells die, your body naturally eliminates them.
Using the CyberKnife System, your physician can precisely zero in on the tumor and safely deliver a potent dose of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy, while at the same time minimizing radiation exposure to healthy organs and tissues.
CyberKnife’s robotic design also enables the system to move anywhere the tumor moves, keeping radiation precisely on target throughout the treatment. Due to its mobility and precision, the CyberKnife System has been successfully used to treat conditions throughout the body, including prostate, lung, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidney.
Another advantage of the CyberKnife System is its ability to provide effective treatment without the debilitating effects associated with standard radiation therapy.
Conventional radiation therapy can involve dozens of grueling treatments lasting weeks, if not months. With CyberKnife radiosurgery, however, there is no surgical incision, no pain, and no need for general anesthesia or hospitalization. Treatment is delivered in just one to five sessions, usually completed within a week. These sessions typically last 30 to 90 minutes and require little to no recovery time, which means you can return immediately to your daily activities.
Radiation treatments needn’t be a test of your endurance. Nor are they anything to be afraid of so long as you use the CyberKnife System.