CyberKnife Radiosurgery in Southern California
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery Provides Patients a Safer, Painless, More Effective and Non-Invasive Brain and Spine Treatment
CyberKnife Radiosurgery is an revolutionary technology that uses image-guidance system for non-invasive surgically treatment of malignant and benign brain and spine tumors and other conditions affecting the brain and spine. The CyberKnife’s accuracy in mapping the exact location of tumors or lesions, increased flexibility and the ability to deliver multiple treatments make it a top choice for our brain surgeon and neurosurgeon.
The CyberKnife® Radiosurgery sends accurate and high doses of radiation beams into a brain or spine tumor or lesion from various angles to destroy, shrink or stop the growth of tumor cells. Patients are fitted with comfortable flexible mesh mask for tumors in the head, or a body cradle for spinal tumors or other tumors outside the head. Because the robotic arm automatically corrects for patient movement during treatment, making CyberKnife® flexible for use in other parts of the body where radiation is effective and necessary. CyberKnife® Radiosurgery is an out-patient procedure and is performed instead of open surgery in some cases.
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery Preparations and Procedure
The initial consultation with ONE® Brain & Spine Center® neurosurgeon will involve explaining CyberKnife® procedure, pre-op and post-op preparation, your treatment plan, as well as its risks and benefits.
Placement of Fiducial Markers
Fiducials or gold markers will be implanted into the soft tissues in or nearest the tumor or lesion, to accurately guide the CyberKnife® radiation beams. Fiducials are specially required for tumors located in parts of the body with soft tissues, such as the abdomen, chest, pelvis or other soft tissues. Fiducial placement will be arranged by your brain surgeon or neurosurgeon and the staff at ONE® Brain & Spine Center®.
High resolution CT scan will be required to identify the exact size, shape and location of the tumor in your body. It will also show the surrounding healthy tissues to be avoided during a CyberKnife® treatment. If you are allergic to dye, please inform us immediately by calling ONE® Brain & Spine Center® at (949) 383-4190.
Creating Face Mask or Body Cradle as Immobilizer
A comfortable foam or plastic immobilizer for the face or body is created to help minimize patient’s movement during CyberKnife® treatment. Face mask immobilizer if the target tumor is located in the brain, head or neck. The body immobilizer is used for tumors located elsewhere in the body, such as the chest, pelvis, abdomen or spine.
Based on the CT scan, your CyberKnife® team will program the intensity and directions of radiation beams that the CyberKnife® robotic arm will fire to destroy the tumor, avoiding or minimizing damage to the surrounding normal tissues.
CyberKnife Radiosurgery Treatment
During the CyberKnife® treatment, you will be lying on the treatment couch with the mask or body cradling system, while the imaging system acquires the first set of X-rays in the treatment position. The CyberKnife® will calibrate and make necessary adjustments for accurate alignment and precise radiation. The robotic arm will then move to its first position and deliver the first sufficient radiation beam to the tumor. This process is repeated in mutilple angles or directions as the robotic arm re-aligns and re-acquires the target tumor and until the tumor is destroyed. The imaging system of CyberKnife® tracks the tumor location through the implanted fiducial markers. This painless treatment of brain os psine tumor takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a day or longer, depending on the complexity of your condition. If necessary, follow up treatment will be scheduled and our treatment coordinator will confirm treatment date and time.
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery History
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery was developed by a team of physicians, physicists and engineers at Stanford University. It was cleared by the FDA for intercranial applications in August 1999, and received full-body clearance in August, 2001. CyberKnife® has been used to treat thousands of patients worldwide.
Brain and Spine Conditions Treatable by CyberKnife®
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery is suitable for the treatment of the following brain and spine tumors:
Advantages of CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
- Extreme accuracy in locating tumors and lesions
- Minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissues
- Delivers higher doses of radiation, providing better chance for cure
- Compensates for any movements made during treatment
- Can access hard-to-reach tumors that may have been considered inoperable
- Eliminates surgical risk, as well as infection or complication from anesthesia
- No post-operative bleeding
- Out-patient procedure so no hospital stay or recovery time required
- Immediate return to normal activities
- Minimal or no sedation needed
- Provides releif from pain
- Improved quality of life
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery Surgeon
ONE® Brain & Spine Center®’s CyberKnife® Radiosurgery team is headed by Robert Louis, MD, your Southern California Brain Surgeon. He works with a team of physicist, neurotologists, radiation oncologist, nurses and other administrative staff. We welcome any questions you might have about CyberKnife® radiosurgery treatment to make sure that we exceed your expectations.
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ONE® Brain & Spine Center®’s CyberKnife® team is headed by Robert Louis, MD, your Southern California Neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive brain and spine treatments. For additional information about CyberKnife® Radiosurgery of to find out if it’s the right treatment for you, call ONE® Brain & Spine Center®— leading brain tumor center in Southern California— at (949) 383-4190 or Contact Us.