CyberKnife treatment for breast cancer
CyberKnife is the world's first and only robotic radiosurgery system. Although its name suggests scalpels, operating rooms and recovery time, CyberKnife treatment involves no cutting, no pain and no hospital stay. It is a safe alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body - including the breast.
Breast conserving surgery + whole-breast radiotherapy
Many controlled studies have shown lumpectomy followed by whole-breast radiotherapy for early-stage breast carcinoma has an overall survival rate that is very similar to the survival rate with mastectomy. The benefits of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy include:
- Superior cosmetic outcomes
- Reduced emotional and psychological effects
There are disadvantages, however, with external beam radiation treatment, which is the current approach to whole-breast radiotherapy, including:
- Prolonged treatment of approximately six weeks
- Too much radiation to the healthy part of the breast, underlying muscle, ribs, lung and heart
Partial breast irradiation
The main reason to have radiation therapy following a lumpectomy is to reduce the chance cancer will return to the same location or nearby. Many studies now show partial-breast radiation treatment, which targets the tissue surrounding the site where the tumor was removed, can have the same result while shortening the treatment schedule. These studies have used several different types of partial-breast radiation therapies, such as multicatheter interstitial brachytherapy, Mammosite™, 3-D conformal external beam radiation therapy, and CyberKnife.
Is CyberKnife right for you?
Only you and your doctor can determine the best treatment for your particular situation. CyberKnife may be an option for inoperable or very complicated tumors, or for patients who want to avoid surgery.
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How is CyberKnife different from surgery?
CyberKnife eliminates many of the risks associated with surgery.
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How does CyberKnife work?
CyberKnife, which sounds like surgery - but isn't, uses computerized robotic equipment to deliver beams of high-dose radiation with extreme accuracy and little damage to surrounding tissue.
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What is CyberKnife treatment like?
CyberKnife treatment is not like surgery or traditional radiation therapy. You will wear your regular clothes, relax on a cushioned table and listen to music. When it's over, you will resume your normal activities.
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What results can I expect?
There is no one treatment result that fits every situation; however, research and experience has shown very positive outcomes.
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Why do patients choose CyberKnife treatment?
No incision. No anesthesia. No hospital stay. No pain. Little or no recovery time.
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