Treatment with the CyberKnife® System involves a team approach in which several specialists participate. Your team may include:
Once the team is in place, the patient will begin preparation for CyberKnife treatment.
Depending on your diagnosis, you will undergo some type of imaging - which could include CT, MRI or PET scans – to help your medical team determine the exact size, shape and location of your tumor.
Using the imaging data, your medical team will determine the size of the area being targeted by radiation, the radiation dose, and identify critical structures – such as the spine or nearby organs – where radiation should be minimized.
The CyberKnife System then calculates the optimal radiation delivery plan, leveraging its extreme maneuverability to deliver a safe and accurate treatment.
During treatment, the CyberKnife System’s computer-controlled robot will move around your body to various locations from which it will deliver radiation. At each position, it will stop to determine precisely where the radiation should be delivered.
Nothing will be required of you during treatment, except to relax and lie as still as possible.
Treatment with the CyberKnife System is completed in four to five treatment sessions, over the course of a week.
Most patients experience minimal side effects and can quickly return to their daily routines with little interruption to their normal activities. Doctors will discuss all possible side effects prior to treatment and may prescribe medication to control any side effects, should they occur.
You also should schedule and attend any follow-up appointments.