Oncology

Risk Assessment Screening Program

The most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. However, 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by a gene that can be inherited from your mother or father.

Breast Density

What is Breast Density?
Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat. Density may decrease with age, but there is little, if any, change in most women.

California Cancer Center celebrates 20 years

The California Cancer Center is celebrating 20 years providing advanced medical care in a compassionate and supportive environment.


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CyberKnife Upgrades

CyberKnife® at Community Regional Medical Center – the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body – was upgraded to make treatments available to a wider selection of patients. The technology upgrades will provide faster treatments that can be better customized for individual needs, greater safety and patient comfort.

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CyberKnife

Prostate cancer patient Robert Steinman receives knifeless surgery from CyberKnife as Dr. Douglas Wong monitors the procedure.

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CyberKnife Treatment Overview

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.

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For Medical Professionals

Numerous clinical trials and comparative effectiveness studies have been performed and are currently underway to evaluate the effects of radiosurgery administered by CyberKnife®. Our physicians – along with other CyberKnife users around the world – collaborate to develop protocols for treating several types of malignant and benign tumors in the brain, spine, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, prostate, bone and eye.

Follow-Up

Recovery from a CyberKnife® procedure is often immediate, given both the low risk of complications and the lack of damage to healthy tissue. In most cases, you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately following the procedure.

After completing your CyberKnife treatment, we will need to see you for follow-up imaging and physician consultation to monitor your tumor’s progress. You will have an individualized plan for follow up that will be coordinated by the CyberKnife staff in collaboration with the physicians involved in your care.

Day of Treatment

Patients are asked to wear comfortable clothing during CyberKnife® treatments. Jewelry is acceptable unless it is close to the area being treated. For example, we ask that earrings and necklaces be removed prior to treatment of tumors within the head and neck. Most of all, relax. This is a painless procedure.

A technician will help you onto the treatment table and fit the mask or body mold if needed. Patients are observed throughout the treatment on closed-circuit television, and can pause treatment at any time by waving or speaking to the technicians.

Initial Steps

Below are some procedures that may be performed prior to your CyberKnife® treatment. Every treatment plan is different and not all of these steps are necessary for every patient. The procedures required as part of your individualized treatment plan, and the order in which they will occur will be explained during your consultation visit.