What is it? A local treatment that affects only the part of the body being treated. It uses special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation that destroys cancer cells. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System offers patients a new option for the treatment of lung cancer. The CyberKnife System is used to treat lung cancer patients who cannot tolerate surgery, have an inoperable tumor, or are seeking an alternative to surgery. The challenge that doctors face with tumors in the lung is that those tumors move as the patient breathes. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, the CyberKnife System precisely identifies the tumor location as the patient breathes normally during treatment and can be used, in some cases, to treat lung tumors non-invasively.
Learn more about CyberKnife at NCH
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The CyberKnife System is not a surgical procedure. In fact, there is no cutting involved. Instead, the CyberKnife System delivers high doses of radiation directly to lung tumors. The CyberKnife System offers patients who cannot undergo lung cancer surgery due to their poor medical condition, or who refuse surgery, a minimally invasive alternative treatment for lung cancer.
CyberKnife lung cancer treatments are typically performed on an outpatient basis with three to five treatments, requiring no overnight hospital stays. Most patients experience minimal to no side effects with a quick recovery time.