Meet Our CyberKnife Experts
With more than a decade of experience providing CyberKnife technology to patients with various types of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center team at Overlook Medical Center brings the most extensive knowledge and practice to CyberKnife treatment. Radiation Oncologist Dr. Joana Emmolo and Neurosurgeon Dr. Yaron Moshel are CyberKnife® experts who specialize in this non-invasive treatment therapy for the brain and spine.
What is CyberKnife?
While its name conjures up images of surgery, CyberKnife does not involve cutting. It’s the world’s first and only robotic stereotactic 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 long-term cancer control … and renewed hope to patients worldwide.
How is it Done?
When Drs. Emmolo and Moshel perform CyberKnife radiosurgery at Overlook Medical Center, they collaborate with a team of radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, physicists and dosimetrists to deliver precisely focused radiation beams to cancerous and non-cancerous lesions within the head and spine. They use sophisticated computer software that molds radiation beams to fit the exact 3-D size and shape of a tumor, destroying it while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. CyberKnife technology is an ideal non-invasive treatment for hard-to-reach and difficult-to-treat tumors within the brain and spine. Cyberknife technology is used to treat a variety of conditions such as brain and spine metastases, meningiomas, recurrent high grade glioma, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas and trigeminal neurlagia.
Is CyberKnife Painful?
No! 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.
Is CyberKnife® Radiosurgery right for you? Ask us!