General FAQs of Cyberknife Surgery
It provides a non-surgical and pain-free option of treatment to the patients suffering from inoperable or surgically complex tumours.
Yes. It is an alternative option for surgery.
Per session of CyberKnife treatment takes around 3-4 hours. It also depends on the number of beams used per session.
CyberKnife can target various cancerous as well as non-cancerous tumours. It is recommended for a variety of metastatic cancers in any part of the body like:
- Brain tumour
- Lung tumour
- Pancreatic tumour
- Kidney or renal tumour
- Spinal tumour
- Prostate tumour
- Breast tumour
- Liver tumour
- Head and neck cancer
- Patient can return to normal routine life quickly
- One session takes less than an hour
- Pain free treatment
- No incisions
- No anaesthesia required
- CyberKnife is designed in such a way that it can deliver high intensity of radiations only to the target area to destroy tumours or lesions of any body part.
- It precisely targets the tumour by using its robotic arm that can deliver highly focused beams of radiation in an otherwise untreatable or inoperable part of the body.
- The robotic arm is very flexible making it possible to reach difficult areas like spine, brain, spinal cord, etc. These areas cannot be operated or treated by other radiosurgery techniques.
- Before CyberKnife procedure is done on the patient, a high-resolution CT scan of the target organ or area is done to know the size, shape and location of the tumour.
- These CT scan images are very important and are digitally transferred to the CyberKnife System’s workstation so that they can be used during the procedure to precisely target the tumour.
- After this, a team of surgeons make treatment plan to deliver the desired dose of radiation over the exact location of tumour.
The number of sessions required for CyberKnife depends upon the size, shape, and location of the tumour, but mostly 1 to 5 sessions of CyberKnife are enough.
The procedure is performed without any anaesthesia and takes not more than 3-4 Hours.
- The CyberKnife procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that patient does not need to stay in the hospital after procedure is over and can go home on the same day.
- Recovery after CyberKnife procedure is often immediate, due to its low risk of complications and negligible damage to healthy tissue.
- Non-invasive and painless procedure.
- Treats moving cancer and inoperable tumours anywhere in the body.
- Bloodless radiosurgery.
- No anaesthesia is required and offers great comfort to the patient.
- Duration of the treatment is reduced by CyberKnife from 5-6 weeks (as in usual radiotherapy) to 5-7 days with one session per day.
- Significantly fewer side effects or complications.
- Lower risk than open surgery.
- Can target virtually from any direction or angle with sub-millimetre accuracy.
- Destroy tumours and stop the growth of cancer cells.
- No damage in healthy tissue.
- Patient can go home immediately after the treatment.
- Patient is kept in the post-operative room under observation for few hours after the CyberKnife procedure to track the patient health.
- Patient can move around and stay as normal as possible after the procedure.
- Almost all the patients are discharged on the same day and are instructed to come to the hospital on the next day for next session of CyberKnife.
- CyberKnife sessions are done daily for the recommended number of sessions.
- Patient is allowed to take meals as usual but healthy eating is encouraged for early recovery.
- A gap of 1-1.5 hours is recommended between CyberKnife session and meal to avoid any kind of nausea or uneasy sensation.
- Patient is advised to take plenty of rest but should also move around as often as possible.
- Patient can resume all the daily activities but instructed to avoid any kind of strenuous activities during the procedure days and if required some days after the procedure too.
- Patient is advised to visit the hospital for routine examinations and general health care for almost 6 months after the procedure.
- Patient should also keep a check for recurrence or any other abnormality and keep the doctor informed about every happening.