What is CyberKnife®?
CyberKnife® is the world's first minimally invasive, robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors throughout the body without the need for cutting. The CyberKnife system at Southeast Georgia Health System is one of only 300 or so in operation throughout the world. CyberKnife treatments require a team approach. Our radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists work together to develop the plan and carry out your personalized cancer treatment. In general, you can expect four phases of CyberKnife treatment: locating the tumor, planning the surgery, receiving targeted radiation therapy, and follow-up medical imaging to confirm you are cancer free!
Locating The Tumor
CyberKnife patients receive imaging scans before their cancer is treated to determine the size, shape and location of the tumor. The types of scans that may be used include computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or position emission tomography (PET) scan.
Planning Minimally Invasive CyberKnife Surgery
Data regarding the tumor is then transferred digitally to the CyberKnife system's treatment planning workstation, where the physician can access the information collected in the scanning process. CyberKnife software is used to generate a non-invasive treatment plan designed to destroy the tumor while protecting the healthy tissue around it.
Receiving Advanced Radiation Therapy
During CyberKnife treatment, patients lie on a table that automatically positions them properly to receive the radiation. The treatment aims beams of high-dose radiation to cancerous and non-cancerous tumors with pinpoint accuracy. These minimally invasive radiation treatments generally last one hour or less, during which time 100-200 radiation beams target the tumor from all sides. Each beam lasts only a few seconds, and the entire treatment process is typically completed in three to five visits.
What to Expect After CyberKnife Cancer Treatment
Follow-up imaging with computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or position emission tomography (PET) scans measures the success of the treatment at removing the tumor.
Want to know more about CyberKnife?
For more information on CyberKnife treatment options, call 1-800-537-5142 ext. 5149 to speak with the CyberKnife Nurse Navigator.