The CyberKnife procedure is a non-invasive technique to treat cancers of the brain and spinal cord. It delivers a single, high-dose of radiation to the tumor to shrink or destroy it, minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.
CyberKnife treatments last between 30 to 90 minutes with the number of treatments varying depending on the tumor size and its location. The procedure does not require any sort of anesthetic and patients can lie comfortable during the process, while the robotic CyberKnife arm treats the entire area of the tumor.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) utilizes the CyberKnife to deliver a high dose of radiation to tumors located in the brain. Despite the term “surgery” being used, SRS is actually a non-surgical procedure.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a treatment procedure similar to SRS but instead is it used for treating tumors located in the spinal cord. SBRT generally involves the use of a single high-dose radiation treatment, or up to five lower-dose radiation treatments.
Because of its precision and low risk of side effects, recovery following a CyberKnife procedure is often immediate.