CyberKnife Radiosurgery Treatment is like cancer surgery with no cutting, no pain and no hospital stay. Dr. Hughes has been treating brain tumors with radiosurgery for more than 20 years. Cancers of the brain can be treated very effectively and safely with radiation.
CyberKnife requires no head frames and is pain free. There are no incisions and no hospital stays. It is a non-invasive procedure where you simply lie on a treatment table while the CyberKnife gently moves around your head to deliver the very controlled dose of radiation. The CyberKnife is a robot that delivers high doses of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy. The CyberKnife is positioned on a robotic arm and is proven to maintain an unprecedented 0.31 mm targeting accuracy within the brain, drastically reducing possible damage to healthy tissue.
"With CyberKnife, I can take advantage of spreading the treatments out over 3 – 5 days, further lowering the risk of complication, especially near the eyes, and speech and movement centers," says Dr. Edward Hughes First Dayton CyberKnife's Medical Director.
Some patients are not best served by CyberKnife treatment because of the type of cancer that they may have or the size of their brain tumors. In that case, we have the perfect alternate radiation treatment for their diagnosis. At First Dayton Cancer Care some of our brain tumor patients are treated with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). With IMRT, our doctors can mold the radiation to the shape of the brain tumor, sparing critical regions of the brain. As with CyberKnife, treatments are pain free and require no rigid head frames. Each IMRT session lasts about 5 minutes. The total treatment time is usually about 6 weeks and treatments are given Monday through Friday.
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