Patient Education for CyberKnife - Cancer Treatment at Southeast Georgia Health System
Less Pain, Faster Recovery, and No Incision.
CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery is a comfortable, non-invasive treatment that allows patients to get back to normal living quickly, and with no pain. Here's how.
CyberKnife patients receive imaging scans before they are ever treated. The imaging determines 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.
How CyberKnife Works
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 treatment plan designed to destroy the tumor while protecting the healthy tissue around it.
What CyberKnife Can Treat
During a 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. Radiation treatments generally last between 30-90 minutes, 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.
Some radiosurgery procedures can only treat tumors of the head. Cyberknife’s advanced technology targets precise high-dose radiation to tumors anywhere in the body including the prostate, abdomen, neck, brain, pelvis, lungs, and spine.