CyberKnife is a non-invasive prostate cancer treatment technology in which high-dose radiation is delivered to the tumor from a linear accelerator mounted on a highly maneuverable robotic arm. Hundreds of angles and beam width adjustments in the CyberKnife prescribed treatment plan enable the radiation to be contoured to the shape of the prostate. This results in treatment aimed directly to the prostate gland, avoiding nearby critical anatomy. This precision reduces treatment time to just five outpatient visits. In comparison, conventional radiation therapy could require up to 45 visits.
About two weeks prior to treatment, patients are scheduled for a short outpatient procedure in which three to five tiny gold seeds (called fiducials) are inserted into the prostate. The fiducials guide the CyberKnife System to track the tumor during the treatment process. The following week, the patient is fitted with a custom body support pad to help maintain a relaxed and still position. During the treatment, the patient wears comfortable clothing and will lie on the treatment table as the CyberKnife’s computer-controlled robotic arm moves quietly around the patient, delivering radiation directly to the tumor. The procedure is done in a series of five or fewer outpatient visits. It is painless and does not require sedation. The patient is able to communicate and be seen by the technologists during the entire procedure. After treatment is complete, most patients immediately return to their normal activities.
With non-invasive state of the art technology, Austin CyberKnife can bring peace of mind and good health back to their patients. The CyberKnife’s robotic arm delivers pin-point accurate radiation directly to the tumor. Austin CyberKnife treats several different conditions like prostate cancer, brain tumors, spinal tumors, lung tumors and metastatic cancer. The procedure is painless and does not require any sedation. Patients will be able to resume their daily routines and normal activities on the same day.
Austin CyberKnife is located at 1400 N. I-35, 78701. For more information on the procedure go to austincyberknife.com or call 512-324-8060.
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