Cancer Treatment and Care

CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center

The Only Technology of Its Kind.

The Only Technology of Its Kind.

Bringing new hope to cancer patients at NCH.

A groundbreaking radiation therapy — the only dedicated, full-body radiosurgery (SRS) system in the world — the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) System painlessly treats tumors anywhere in the body without surgery or hospitalization. Using a computer-controlled robotic arm to precisely target tumors, CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation with extreme accuracy to destroy or shrink tumors, leaving healthy tissue untouched even if the tumor or patient moves slightly during the treatment session. Download our CyberKnife Patient Guide.

Non-Invasively Treating Tumors Anywhere in the Body

Thanks to CyberKnife’s fully automated, image-guided robotics, the radiation remains within a hair’s width of the target, allowing tumors that were once considered inoperable to be radiated with pinpoint accuracy. This exciting, innovative new approach to radiosurgery allows surgeons to treat any tumor without incisions, anesthesia or invasive stabilizing frames, providing minimal risk and optimal effectiveness, and offering a new level of hope for cancer patients.

Painless surgery

CyberKnife allows patients to be treated in a unique radiosurgery suite where painless "surgery" is performed with no incisions, no blood, no anesthesia and no recovery time. Using fully automated, image-guided robotic arms to precisely pinpoint the cancer, CyberKnife delivers extremely high doses of radiation with such extreme accuracy that it can destroy or shrink both malignant and benign tumors without touching the healthy tissue.

Better quality of life: during and after cancer treatment

CyberKnife is a simple, outpatient procedure that allows patients to undergo their cancer treatment and immediately resume normal activities.

Because the CyberKnife System is non-invasive, patients can expect a comfortable and relaxed experience. During the outpatient procedure, hundreds of beams of focused radiation target tumors throughout the body, including those in the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. Some tumors, even multiple lesions, can be treated in a single, pain-free session.

More Reasons Patients Prefer CyberKnife

  • No blood or incision
  • No anesthesia
  • No recovery time
  • Minimal or no side effects
  • No risk of infection or surgical complications
  • Leaves healthy tissue relatively untouched
  • Immediate return to normal activity
  • No invasive head or body frame
  • No breath holding during treatment
  • No implanted markers*
  • Treatment completed in one or several sessions, depending on patient needs
  • Treatment planning scans scheduled at the patient’s convenience

*For most procedures

Treating Tumors with Advanced Technology

As the only full-body stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system in the world, CyberKnife introduces an entirely new approach to cancer treatment. Utilizing a computer-controlled robotic arm that moves around the patient to deliver precisely targeted beams of radiation, CyberKnife provides surgeons with unparalleled flexibility and accuracy in radiating tumors anywhere in the body.

Equipped with x-ray cameras and computer technology similar to that used for cruise missile guidance, the CyberKnife system locates and evaluates the tumor to determine the position and orientation of each of the more than 1,200 possible beams of radiation that will be delivered during treatment. When all the beams come together in the tumor, a high and effective dose of radiation is delivered with minimal, if any, radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Providing Patients with a Painless Procedure

While the patient lies comfortably on the treatment table, CyberKnife delivers the treatment dose, continually checking and compensating for tumor position and patient movement throughout the session. Comparing real-time images to images produced from the pre-treatment CT scans, the robotic system instantly repositions each beam, as needed, before delivery. To help the patient remain stable (but not uncomfortably rigid), a soft face mask or vest is worn, depending on the area being treated. The progress of the treatment is controlled via video monitors and intercom to assure the patient's safety and comfort.

One to five treatments can be given and usually last 30 minutes to 90 minutes. The Northwest Community Hospital treatment team will determine what will best optimize the effectiveness of the therapy and the well being of the patient.


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