CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery

CyberKnife®, the world’s first robotic radiosurgery system, is now available at USMD Hospital at Arlington in our new CyberKnife Center, located in Fort Worth at 800 West Magnolia Street. Despite its name, CyberKnife® treatment involves no cutting. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy. Our team of radiation oncologists and surgical specialists have partnered to make the USMD Hospital at Arlington CyberKnife the 4th most active CyberKnife stereotactic body radiosurgery program in the world.

Who is a candidate for CyberKnife® System treatment?
Anyone who has a tumor and has been told there is no hope for a cure is a possible candidate. Medical situations are complex; therefore, you or your physician should talk with one of our radiation oncologists regarding your case.

CyberKnife treatments involve a team approach in which several specialists participate. Once the treatment plan has been developed, the patient is ready to undergo the CyberKnife procedure. Each treatment session will last between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the type of tumor being treated. If treatment is being delivered in stages, patients will need to return for additional treatments over several days (typically no more than five), as determined by the patient’s doctor. 

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Why CyberKnife?
First, the CyberKnife System uses image guidance software to track and continually adjust treatment for any patient or tumor movement. It allows patients to breathe normally and relax comfortably during treatment. Second, some forms of radiosurgery require rigid head-frames that are screwed into the patient’s skull to minimize any movement. The CyberKnife System does not require such extreme procedures to keep patients in place. Third, unlike some radiosurgery systems, which can only treat tumors in the head, the CyberKnife System has unlimited reach to treat a broad range of tumors throughout the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas, and kidney.

And finally, the CyberKnife System’s treatment accuracy is unrivaled. Its ability to treat tumors with pinpoint accuracy is unmatched by other radiation therapy and radiosurgery systems. The CyberKnife System can essentially “paint” the tumor with radiation allowing it to precisely deliver treatment to the tumor alone, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

Would you like more information? 
You or your primary care physician can call us at 817-467-8480 to discuss your case with one of our specially trained physicians.

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