CyberKnife® Program at Riverview Medical Center
A Non-Invasive, Pain-Free Approach to Cancer Treatment
Treating benign and malignant tumors in the brain, lungs, abdomen, prostate, head and neck, as well as previously radiated areas.
Cyberknife uses image-guided technology and robotics to deliver extremely accurate, precisely targeted radiation to tumors throughout the body when radiation therapy is indicated. It is an excellent alternative to surgery helping avoid the risk of surgical complications or damage to healthy tissues.
Cyberknife uses radiation beams which can be molded to reach small, complex tumors, while sparing surrounding critical structures. The precision of CyberKnife treatments allows delivery of high doses of radiation in as little as five sessions or less, compared to several weeks with standard radiation.
Cyberknife’s unique robotic technology moves the machine in real time with the patient to account for tumor movement during treatment. For example, lung tumors are more accurately targeted during the breathing cycle, and prostate tumors are more accurately targeted as the system adjusts for bladder or rectum shifts.
What Are the Benefits of Cyberknife?
CyberKnife is the first system to track a tumor’s true location during treatment, providing the sub millimeter accuracy needed to destroy the malignancies of the tumor, while preserving surrounding healthy tissues and organs. Additional benefits include:
- Pain-free sessions
- Treatments reduce radiation therapy sessions from 20-50 to as little as 5 or less
- Non-invasive treatment
- No incisions or blood loss
- No anesthesia required
- Minimal, if any, recovery time
- Patients can return to regular activities immediately after treatment
Expert Care, Close to Home
The Hackensack Meridian Health CyberKnife Center at Riverview Medical Center is home to the region’s most experienced CyberKnife radiation oncology team. Along with a multidisciplinary team of experts, the team has performed over 10,000 CyberKnife treatments for patients since 2005.
Approaching Cancer Care with Precision
The CyberKnife system provides state-of-the-art technology, and precise radiation therapy treatment to tumors throughout the body. In addition to the many cancers CyberKnife can treat – patients with lung, prostate, central nervous system, pancreatic, recurring head and neck cancers, and pelvic tumors can greatly benefit from this type of radiation therapy treatment.
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