CyberKnife Treatment for Brain Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with a brain cancer, there may be several different treatment options available to you based on your age and health, and the size, location and stage of your tumor. The board-certified medical and radiation oncologists at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists are highly trained and skilled in using a variety of advanced radiation therapies to treat all types of cancer. When radiation is determined as the best treatment option for brain cancer, the most precise radiation treatment available is the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.

The CyberKnife System is a non-invasive treatment for cancerous and noncancerous tumors and conditions where radiation therapy is desired. It is a classified as a stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatment where high doses of radiation are channeled to the exact location of your brain tumor. It is especially effective in treating brain tumors due to its precision in shaping the beams directly to the exact shape and size of your brain tumor, saving nearby healthy brain tissue and nerves which could impact everyday functions like speech. The CyberKnife combines its flexible, robotic arm with a high-tech imaging system that tracks even the smallest movement of your tumor. It is used alone or in conjunction with other treatment options such as surgery and chemotherapy.

CyberKnife For Brain Cancer Treatment

Precision is the key to successfully using radiation to treat brain tumors. With so many everyday functions originating from the brain, such as talking and movement, you don’t want to risk damaging healthy tissue with radiation. The precision of CyberKnife treatment works to target your brain tumor and track even the slightest movement, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue.

The robotic arm of the CyberKnife moves easily around your head allowing for beams of radiation to target your tumor from hundreds of different angles. The imaging system has a motion-tracking component that reacts and adjust to even the slightest movement – even from natural breathing – so that the radiation stays on point. CyberKnife’s submillimeter accuracy keeps the radiation from damaging healthy tissue, nerves and other organs and minimizes side effects caused by radiation therapy. CyberKnife is non-invasive therapy that is often used as an effective alternative to surgery for those who either are unable or do not wish to undergo surgery.

With other stereotactic radiation therapy like the Gamma Knife, your head must be bolted into a rigid metal frame. But with the CyberKnife, we fit you with a soft, flexible mesh mask to assist in keeping your head still. Treatment can be given in one to five days, one short treatment session per day in our comfortable Phoenix area office locations.

The Process of CyberKnife Kidney Cancer Treatment in Phoenix

This treatment requires no surgery, anesthesia or hospital stay. CyberKnife is performed on an outpatient basis in one of our convenient Phoenix or Scottsdale area treatment offices. The CyberKnife services at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists include treatment planning, treatment sessions, and post-treatment follow-up appointments.

  • During your first treatment visits, our medical and radiation oncologists will work with your medical team which may include: your primary oncologist, a neurosurgeon, a medical physicist, and medical support staff to evaluate existing data such as biopsy results, imaging and other information.
  • After discussing the proposed treatment plan and options with you, our team will move forward with the agreed upon plan.
  • Unlike other radiosurgery treatments, CyberKnife doesn’t require that you be fitted with a rigid and invasive head frame. Instead, you’ll receive a custom-fitted mesh mask designed to keep your head and neck still during treatment. While wearing the mask, you’ll have a CT scan to collect data about the exact size, shape and location of your brain tumor.
  • One of our board-certified oncologists at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists will then prepare a treatment plan that will give you the best possible outcomes for your brain cancer and program it into the CyberKnife System.
  • About a week after the imaging and dose planning, you will begin treatment at one of our Phoenix area offices. When you arrive for treatment, you will be asked to relax on our comfortable treatment couch wearing your mask and listening to your favorite music, if you like, while the CyberKnife’s robotic arm moves around you delivering high doses of radiation from multiple angles and tracking the tumor’s subtle movements to maximize precision and accuracy. No anesthesia is required for radiation treatments.
  • The CyberKnife will deliver high doses of pain-free radiation with extreme precision and without any stabilizing, uncomfortable hardware or frames.
  • Unlike traditional radiation treatment types which can last every day for weeks, CyberKnife treatment is completed in one to five sessions, one short treatment per day, within one week.
  • Once your treatment is complete each day, you are free to leave and resume your daily activities and tasks as you normally would.
  • Follow-up appointments will then be arranged to make sure that the radiation has produced the desired effect in eliminating cancer cells.

Brain Cancer Treatment in Phoenix – Call Today!

Thousands of people all of the world have taken advantage of the non-invasive, pain-free CyberKnife to treat their brain cancer. If you’re next, give our medical oncologists at call at any of our Scottsdale and Phoenix locations today! Or reach out to us using our convenient online appointment form. We are happy to listen to your questions and provide all of the answers you need to find out how CyberKnife can effectively treat your brain cancer. Call today.

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