At the Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center, you can find tumor surgery without the knife. We’re proud to be able to offer you the option of CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery to provide precise, painless, noninvasive radiation treatment as an alternative to open surgery in certain cases.
CyberKnife technology offers:
Highly targeted radiation therapy that delivers the optimal dose directly to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue
A treatment option for tumors that may be inoperable through traditional surgery
A noninvasive, outpatient treatment with minimal downtime
How CyberKnife Treatment Works
Stereotactic radiosurgery with CyberKnife focuses multiple beams of high-energy radiation on a tumor or lesion in the body. The convergence of these beams on the tumor means that this point receives a high dose of radiation while sparing surrounding tissue. This is such a precise procedure that it can be used on critical structures, such as hearing and vision nerves. Through CyberKnife, we’re able to offer a treatment option for areas that are often considered inoperable. Both cancerous and non-cancerous lesions can be treated in the:
Brain, including benign tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, vestibular schwannomas and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery vs. Open Surgery
Advantages of the CyberKnife procedure over traditional open surgery include:
Quick return to regular activity
No incisions or scarring
No invasive head or body frame
Targets multiple locations during a single session
Accurately tracks tumors that move with breathing
Outpatient procedure of an hour or two
Only one to five treatments
Watch Mark Brenner, M.D., Chief of Radiation Oncology, discuss CyberKnife treatment:
CyberKnife is a pain-free alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and noncancerous tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive treatment can be used for tumors in the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas.
CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery is offered only at select hospitals around the country. The CyberKnife Center at Saint Vincent Hospital is the only one in the region west of Boston through to New York State; north of Rhode Island and Connecticut; and on through to the Canadian border.
CyberKnife delivers beams of high-dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy. This accuracy makes CyberKnife perfect for treating inoperable or surgically complex tumors and for patients looking for an alternative to surgery.
Traditional radiation therapy delivers radiation to a wide area, so it affects both the tumor and healthy tissue and increases the risk of side effects. This is because traditional radiation therapy doesn’t factor in tumor motion, making it less accurate than CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment.
CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery does factor in tumor motion. It delivers radiation with extreme accuracy, thereby minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Clinicians can deliver a higher dose of radiation safely because the radiation area is smaller and only includes the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue.
Accuracy. Many tumors move during treatment (such as in the lungs when a patient breathes), even when the patient doesn't. CyberKnife combines advanced robotic technology and the ability to track tumor motion throughout treatment. It automatically adjusts for any tumor movement and delivers radiation with extreme accuracy. Other radiosurgery systems only use static images taken just before treatment, so they can't adjust.
Mobility. While other systems are limited to clockwise/counterclockwise movement, CyberKnife’s robotic mobility enables it to deliver radiation beams from a wide range of angles and hundreds of different directions. This enables CyberKnife to deliver precise doses of radiation, with limited exposure to nearby areas.
Sparing healthy tissue. CyberKnife is the only system that can deliver beams that factor in a patient's breathing or other movement. So, the prescribed dose is delivered on target — not to nearby healthy tissue.
Usually there are minimal to no short-term side effects, and patients recover quickly. Depending on the area of the body being treated, some patients may experience mild fatigue or nausea. Your doctor will tell you what you can expect. After a treatment, most patients resume their normal activity.
Talk to your doctor or call Saint Vincent Hospital CyberKnife Center at (508) 363-7664.
Schedule a Consultation
You can find out if you’re a candidate for CyberKnife treatment by meeting with a specialist today. If treatment is applicable, our team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and surgeons will create a treatment plan for you.
To schedule an appointment for a CyberKnife treatment consultation, please call us at (508) 363-7664 or email questions.