What Happens During CyberKnife Treatment?
CyberKnife is a radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and benign tumors without invasive procedures. It’s ideal for patients with inoperable or complex tumors, as well as those who are looking for an alterative to surgery for their treatments. The CyberKnife Center at Riverside Community Hospital is the first facility in the area to offer this revolutionary treatment. Here is a look at what happens during the procedure.
Before treatment begins, patients undergo a high-resolution CT scan so the clinician can clearly see the location, size, and shape of the tumor being treated. This scan is transferred to the CyberKnife system so that the operator can make specific plans for treatment. The treatment plan is created using CyberKnife software, which determines the correct dose for successful treatment that won’t damage healthy tissue.
For the treatment, patients are asked to change into hospital gowns and are positioned on the treatment table. Because CyberKnife treatment is painless, there is no anesthesia required. Once the clinician reviews the treatment plan and patient’s medical history, treatment can begin. Because it’s necessary to remain very still during treatment, doctors sometimes use a neck or body mold to reduce movement.
The CyberKnife system has a large, computer-controlled robotic arm that moves around the patient, delivering precise doses of radiation to the tumor from all angles. The process takes between 30 and 90 minutes and varies depending on the tumor location. Some patients only require one CyberKnife session, while others need to have a series of treatments. For patients receiving multiple treatments, sessions are usually scheduled over five or fewer days. Most patients are able to return to normal activities right away, though nausea and fatigue are possible, depending on the treatment area.
To learn more about CyberKnife care at Riverside Community Hospital, call (951) 788-3000. Our hospital also offers OBGYN care, is home to a heart hospital, and provides the only organ transplant services in Riverside County. Please visit our website to find additional information about our hospital.