CyberKnife is a radiation-based robotic system developed for tumor treatment to slow progression in advanced cancers or recurrent cancer. This system is the result of combining the six-joint robot arm normally used in the production lines of the automotive industry with a high-precision radiation device that emits high-energy X-rays, which are also used in conventional radiation therapy. Thanks to the flexibility and accuracy of the system, all body parts can be easily accessed without being affected by the patient's lying position. Thus, high levels of healthy radiation doses have a great effect on tumors in the body with millimeter accuracy, even in a single session, so that they do not require an incision or anesthesia and healthy tissues in the adjacent and surrounding areas are optimally protected.
CyberKnife treatment does not affect the quality of life. It is carried out within the scope of outpatient treatment, does not require hospitalization. The patient can usually return to their usual daily routine shortly after treatment.
Who Is This For?
If the radiation therapy option was decided by the doctor for treating the tumor, the CyberKnife system is approved for the treatment of tumors in all areas of the body, including
30 to 90 minutes
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Most patients have little to no short-term side effects and recover quickly. Depending on the region of the body and the size of the treated area, slight side effects can occur. Such as;
Relatively strong side effects are;
Patients do not require significant preparation before treatment, and treatment typically involves little or no recovery or hospitalization.
Success Rate: 95-100%
How Does it Work?
Radio surgical therapy with the CyberKnife leads to DNA damage to the cell. Radiation-biological consequences are the loss of the ability to divide, a disturbance of the proliferation as well as cell death. This means that the cells can no longer multiply and die.
What Does a CyberKnife Treatment Involve?
1. Consultation for CyberKnife Treatment
Your treatment process under the guidance of FlyMedi begins with an online consultation. Our experts listen to your complaints, your story, your expectations; They will inform you about whether you need CyberKnife treatment. It is important to share all your health information that may be useful at this stage. If available, you will share your diagnosis and treatment process documents, imaging results and information about your current health status and you will receive your initial counseling.
2. Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic
After your eligibility for treatment is finalized and you want to move on to the second step, we offer a list of clinics that meet the criteria you give. You examine them and decide on one of them. Depending on your choice, we move on to planning your trip and treatment process.
3. Final Consultation with Your Surgeon
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your doctor. Everything about your treatment will be discussed and decided during this consultation. The doctor will ask you some questions to try to understand your expectations and goals better and also make you understand what you should expect from your treatment and the potential risks or complications of the procedure which are rare. Your doctor will explain the whole process clearly and try to simulate it as much as possible, in order you to feel enlightened and ready.
4. Medical Examinations
Before the CyberKnife treatment begins, your doctor will conduct physical and blood tests to make sure that you are in acceptable health status for the process. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests to ensure that nothing can hinder the success of the procedure and if any risk obtained, doctors will try to eliminate them first.
After the whole preparation period, it's time to relax and trust your experienced doctor and clinic, who will help you to get rid of the tumor you have and to take a step to a healthier life. The CyberKnife treatment will consist of the following steps:
What Should I Expect from CyberKnife Treatment?
After the CyberKnife treatment is complete, you can return to your normal daily activities. Side effects are rare. It depends on the size, location and treatment dose of the tumor. Some patients have mild side effects within a few days, such as headaches, nausea, or fatigue.
Usually, the first follow-up visit is determined three months after treatment (for metastasis and malignant tumors) or six months after treatment (for benign tumors or vascular malformations). You must bring your imaging and scanning results (CT, MRI or PET-CT) to these appointments. Your doctor will evaluate these images and explain the findings.
Benefits of CyberKnife Treatment
CyberKnife treatment has many benefits and advantages for the patient, these are:
Is CyberKnife Treatment Procedure Painful?
CyberKnife treatment is painless. Patients don’t feel anything as the radiation is delivered. Relaxing is the best option while waiting for the session completes. You can listen to music for relaxing during your treatment.
Does CyberKnife Treatment Leave a Scar?
CyberKnife technology does not leave any scar as it does not contain a surgical incision.
How Does CyberKnife Treatment Differ from Conventional Radiation Therapy?
In conventional radiation therapy, high doses of radiation are applied infractions to maximize the radiation effect on the tumor and to reduce it to healthy tissue. The total radiation dose is usually divided into 10 to 40 individual sessions once a day over several weeks.
CyberKnife is designed to apply the radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy in the tumor using the intelligent image guidance and dynamic position determination and to protect the surrounding tissue as much as possible. Since the surrounding tissue is only slightly stressed, the entire treatment dose can be irradiated in one to five sessions.
Our team will dedicate their effort and time to help you choose the clinic best for you. Our goal is not just to find ‘a doctor’ for you, but to find ‘the right doctor’.