Getting to Know the Benefits of CyberKnife Technology
CyberKnife technology plays a central role in radiation oncology treatments for many patients. The CyberKnife system allows for an unprecedented level of accuracy for radiation, making treatment possible for tumors that were previously considered inoperable. If you have been referred to Good Samaritan Hospital for CyberKnife treatment, here are some of the benefits you can expect.
Despite the name, the CyberKnife system does not involve a knife at all. Rather, it is a precision radiation system that delivers a precise dose to the treatment area with limited exposure to the surrounding tissue. Since there is no surgery or cutting of any kind involved, patients don’t have the risks associated with blood loss and anesthesia. Treatment is painless, and most patients can return to their normal activities immediately.
Less Damage to Healthy Tissue
One of the risks of radiation oncology is that targeting radiation specifically to the desired treatment area is difficult. Healthy tissue almost always receives the radiation dose as well, which can lead to a range of complications and side effects. Thanks to the pinpoint accuracy of the CyberKnife, healthy tissue stays that way and side effects are minimized, allowing patients receiving cancer care to live a more normal life.
Treatment for Inoperative Tumors
The CyberKnife system can be used to treat both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, but it is particularly useful in treating tumors that are impossible to access surgically, like those deep within the brain or spine. In the past, patients with these tumors may not have any treatment options available. The CyberKnife may also be an option for patients with operable tumors who prefer to avoid surgery or who have other health issues that make surgery dangerous.
Is the CyberKnife the right treatment for you? Schedule a consultation with an oncologist at Good Samaritan Hospital to learn more. Our San Jose hospital’s provides comprehensive care in our nationally recognized cancer center . For more information about cancer care or a referral to an oncologist at our hospital, call (408) 819-0558.