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CyberKnife is not a knife at all. It is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors throughout the body, non-invasively, in five treatments or less.
The CyberKnife® M6™ at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute at Pelham is a painless, non-invasive alternative to surgery for treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. The CyberKnife system delivers powerful and highly targeted radiation to tumors, including those that are difficult to reach or inoperable, while minimizing damage to healthy surrounding tissue.
CyberKnife is effective at treating numerous cancers including cancers of the head and spine, as well as tumors of the lung, pancreas, liver and kidney. It is also used for some benign conditions such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas and trigeminal neuralgia.
You may also hear CyberKnife referred to as SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy), or SRS (stereotactic radiosurgery).
There are many benefits to CyberKnife stereotactic radiation when compared to other types of radiation therapy:
Using “intelligent robotics,” CyberKnife delivers radiation through a “Linac” or linear accelerator mounted on a flexible robotic arm. The technology’s flexibility enables delivery of radiation to the targeted tumor or area with extremely high precision, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
With its sophisticated imaging software, CyberKnife tracks movement of the tumor and patient during treatment, making adjustments as you move or breathe. As a result, your treatment experience is more comfortable, with no need for rigid body-stabilizing frames, breath-holding or breathing techniques often used during other types of radiation therapy.
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