Stereotactic radiosurgery is a type of cancer treatment that uses high-energy radiation on a small part of the body. Two commonly used stereotactic radiosurgery tools are the CyberKnife and the NanoKnife.
CyberKnife is a non-invasive, painless, and one of the most advanced radiation therapy forms that provide precise and targeted radiation beams to kill cancer cells. It is used to provide accurate and effective treatment for benign and malignant tumours anywhere in the body.
The CyberKnife is particularly helpful in treating tumours that are difficult to access by conventional surgical techniques or are inoperable due to complexity or proximity to vital structures. It has been in use for a couple of decades and is currently being used in clinical trials to treat different cancers with precision. A typical CyberKnife treatment may take one to five sessions, depending upon the type and size of your cancer.
CyberKnife is used to treat the following conditions:
CyberKnife is a preferred choice of treatment for different types of cancers, but not everyone is a candidate for it. You may be advised CyberKnife in the following situations:
CyberKnife produces targeted high-energy radiation to destroy tumour cells. Here’s how it works:
Before your CyberKnife treatment, your doctor will perform a series of imaging tests like MRI and CT Scan that helps them get a clear view of the specific treatment.
You can resume your routine and activities within 24 hours of treatment completion.
CyberKnife has many benefits over traditional radiation therapies, making it a preferred choice for treating many types of benign and malignant tumours. These include:
CyberKnife is a safe procedure with high success rates. However, some side effects may appear, usually mild, based on the frequency and severity of the treatment and your cancer type. Some immediate effects include:
These side effects are usually mild and resolve by themselves. Some delayed symptoms include:
Some uncommon effects of CyberKnife treatment include skin reddening and vomiting. The side effects you may experience also depend upon the area of the body being treated. Speak to your doctor about any concerns about your treatment side effects.