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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.
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.
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.
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.
CyberKnife® treats several different types of malignant and benign tumors and lesions, as well as certain other medical conditions, in virtually any area of the body.
Vascular malformations - an abnormal cluster of blood vessels in the brain or spine. While normal blood vessels carry blood with oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body, vascular malformations carry blood without nutrients.
During CyberKnife® treatment, you will lie comfortably on a treatment table while the machine’s robotic arm moves around you, aiming and firing targeted radiation beams from numerous angles. The cumulative dose of radiation kills tumor cells while minimizing exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.
CyberKnife® offers important cancer treatment options, especially for patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or those who seek an alternative to conventional surgery or radiation therapy. Because CyberKnife does not require incisions or anesthesia, there also is much less risk for complications than with conventional surgery.
The Commission on Cancer of the American Cancer Society has recently granted a “Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation” to Community Medical Centers, which includes Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and the California Cancer Center.
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.