Disease Specific Treatment Options
CyberKnife offers a minimally-invasive alternative to patients who cannot or choose not to undergo certain surgeries. At Baptist Cancer Center, CyberKnife treatments are typically performed on an outpatient basis in one to five days, requiring no overnight hospital stays. Most patients experience minimal side effects with a quick recovery time. The painless procedure allows patients to dress comfortably, breathe normally and relax, and some even fall asleep during the treatment. While patients are asked to be as still as possible, the advanced technology is designed to adjust accordingly to any slight movements.
CyberKnife is another tool in the fight against tumors and may be used in combination with other treatments (i.e. chemotherapy or surgery) for a comprehensive care plan.
If you were recently diagnosed with a cancerous or non-cancerous tumor, it is important to familiarize yourself with available treatment options. We encourage you to use the information available in this section to talk with your doctor about whether CyberKnife may be right for you.
How CyberKnife works
- Imaging procedures determine the size, shape and location of the tumor.
- Using the high-tech CyberKnife software, a radiation oncologist develops a treatment plan to maximize radiation to the tumor, while avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
- The patient lies comfortably on the treatment table while the CyberKnife® robot slowly moves around the body to deliver radiation to the tumor. Each session lasts between 1-2 hours, with all treatment delivered in one to five sessions.
- Follow-up will be scheduled as requested by the radiation oncologist.
The CyberKnife procedure varies depending on the location of the tumor. To learn more about how CyberKnife works for each area, please click on the appropriate link for your tumor type: