What are the benefits of CyberKnife treatment?

The cyber knife is a particular type of radiation delivery device. It's a linear accelerator mounted on the end of a robotic arm that allows an amazing amount of flexibility in how the machine can deliver radiation; it has the precision of a surgeon's scalpel. Cyber knife is often used when treating brain and prostate cancers. Its imaging and computer systems are so sophisticated that it can even be used for some lung cancers, guiding the radiation in while the person breathes and the lung tumor moves.

Cyber knife's precision and focus often mean that treatment plans that traditionally lasted two months can now be reduced to four or five treatments and completed in less than one week. Doctors can be so specific with the radiation delivery that they can avoid nearby critical structures, keeping them from receiving a dangerous dose of radiation. This reduces the risk of both complications and side effects.

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