Just How Does the CyberKnife Treat Lung Cancer?

100’s of Beams of Radiation are Precisely Delivered with the CyberKnife.

People in Dayton, Ohio are fortunate to have this amazing technology right here in our small town. The CyberKnife is used at World Class Cancer Centers in almost every country to treat cancers all throughout the body, including lung cancer. The challenge that cancer specialists face with lung cancer is that those cancers move as the patient breathes. The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery system offers patients breakthrough technology for the treatment of lung cancer. CyberKnife breathes with you.

The CyberKnife system treats patients with early stage lung cancer with a procedure called stereotactic body radiotherapy or SBRT. SBRT is breakthrough radiation where a few large doses or “ablative” doses are given. It is really radiosurgery not ordinary radiation therapy. So how is this done without harming surrounding, nearby tissues and organs? CyberKnife SBRT uses robotic guided, pencil thin beams of radiation focused on the lung cancer, while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissues, normal lung, heart, esophagus, and spinal cord. CyberKnife treats the lung cancer with exquisite precision.

In the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system is the only delivery system that incorporates Synchrony respiratory technology. With synchrony, no markers need to be placed in your lung. No breath holding is required. No cutting. No pain. No invasive procedures.

The synchrony respiratory motion management system has a sophisticated software system that automatically adjusts the aim of the radiation beam to account for tumor movement due to breathing. SBRT systems at ordinary radiation centers usually results in overexposure of healthy lung tissue to radiation because a wider area needs to be treated to account for lung cancer movement during treatment. The CyberKnife system with synchrony technology adjust for movement of the tumor because of breathing, enabling the delivery of maximal doses or ablative doses of radiation to the lung cancer, while minimizing collateral damage to normal surrounding organs and tissues.

The CyberKnife system is the only fully robotic radiation delivery system. A robotic instrument is critical to enable the CyberKnife system to deliver 100s of pencil thin beams in any direction imaginable. SBRT systems at ordinary cancer centers only can go in a circle and deliver a few beams of radiation at a time. CyberKnife can go in any direction imaginable by the radiation medicine specialist. By precisely targeting the lung cancer, the CyberKnife system can deliver ablative doses of radiation with sub-millimeter precision, while minimizing radiation collateral damage to normal surrounding organs and tissues.

Radiation medicine specialist turned to the CyberKnife system when patients prefer a clinically proven, noninvasive procedure or when invasive techniques are ineffective or too risky.

The CyberKnife system was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1999 to treat cancers in the head and base of skull. The CyberKnife was system was cleared in 2001 for treatment of cancers and every other part of the body. Since then, over 100,000 patients have been treated with CyberKnife for other cancers, like lung, liver, pancreas, kidney, and prostate.

Dr. Ed Hughes and his team have the more experience using SBRT than anyone else in the southwest Ohio region. The experience really does make a difference in treating your cancer.