While its name conjures up images of surgery, The CyberKnife® Program at Overlook Medical Center does not involve cutting. It’s the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to non-invasively treat tumors anywhere in the body including the brain and spine. The treatment – which delivers focused beams of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy – offers new hope to patients worldwide.
CyberKnife radiosurgery uses sophisticated computer software that molds radiation beams to fit the exact 3-D size and shape of the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. This is ideal for hard-to-reach and difficult-to-treat tumors such as brain metastases, meningiomas, recurrent high grade glioma and tumors of the pituitary gland, acoustic nerve and spine. A team of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and physicists deliver precisely focused radiation beams to head and spine lesions, destroying them with minimal damage to normal tissue.
CyberKnife is easy and pain-free. The patient is comfortably positioned on the treatment table, and then a computer-controlled robot delivers pinpoint radiation directly to the tumor. Each session lasts between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the type of tumor and treatment plan.
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