Kidney Cancer CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic Radiosurgery System
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CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic Radiosurgery System
Cancer Treatment Centers of America recently acquired the latest version of the CyberKnife technology, CyberKnife® VSI™ Robotic Radiosurgery System, which can be a non-invasive alternative to kidney cancer surgery.
The CyberKnife VSI System allows for high doses of radiation to be delivered with pinpoint accuracy to destroy kidney tumors.
How CyberKnife Works
Prior to the procedure, a high-resolution CT scan is performed to determine the exact size, location and shape of the kidney tumor. The information from the CT scan is digitally transferred to the CyberKnife System’s workstation where we develop a treatment plan to match the correct dose to the kidney tumor location.
When the treatment plan is complete, the patient lays on a cushioned table while the system’s computer-controlled robot slowly moves around the table, targeting radiation to the kidney tumor from various angles while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Each treatment session lasts between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the tumor type and specific location.
The system allows our radiation oncologists to track the tumor in real-time, adjusting the radiation as needed to account for any movement that occurs during treatment.
Potential Benefits of CyberKnife
CyberKnife provides a pain-free, non-surgical option for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex kidney tumors, or who may be looking for an alternative to surgery.
The following are the potential benefits of treatment with the CyberKnife VSI System:
- Accurate Targeting of Tumors: The system’s continual image guidance software allows us to deliver high radiation doses with pinpoint accuracy.
- Precise, High Radiation Dose: The system’s advanced mobility enables us to treat tumors with high radiation doses from a variety of angles without interruption.
- Less Damage to Surrounding Healthy Tissue: Since radiation beams adjust in real-time to the patient’s breathing cycle, the system is able to precisely target the tumor with less damage to healthy surrounding tissue.
- Greater Comfort During Treatment: The RoboCouch® Patient Positioning System, a cushioned, robotically aligned table, provides greater comfort for the patient during treatment.
- Shorter Treatment & Recovery Times: Patients can typically complete treatment in 1 to 5 days versus several weeks for traditional radiation therapy, and recovery time is usually minimal.
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