If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney cancer, you owe it to yourself to find out how the CyberKnife Radiosurgery System can effectively treat your tumor. The radiation oncologists at Alaska CyberKnife will work closely with your medical team to find out how CyberKnife can best fit your treatment plan – either alone or in conjunction with other cancer treatment methods.
Treating kidney tumors can be challenging due to the kidney’s location in the body. Near the bowel and lungs, your kidney tumor experiences constant movement from regular bodily functions, including breathing and the passing of gas. This can result in traditional radiation therapies not being able to direct the needed high doses of radiation to the tumor to kill the cancerous cells. CyberKnife overcomes this challenge by combining the flexibility of a robotic arm with a high-tech imaging and software system that can track your tumor’s smallest movement. The ability to target your tumor also limits radiation exposure to vital surrounding organs and tissue keeping those cells healthy and side-effects minimized. And the recovery time is usually hours instead of weeks.
If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney cancer, how to proceed with treatment can be complicated. There are many different types of treatment and combinations of treatments that can be developed based on:
At Alaska CyberKnife, our radiation oncologist will work with your medical team to evaluate your condition and circumstances completely. They will develop a multi-disciplinary treatment plan that addresses all of your needs in the best way possible. Options for treatment may include:
surgery, targeted therapy, and/or immunotherapy. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are occasionally used. Patients with kidney cancer that has spread (metastatic cancer, see below) often receive multiple lines of therapy, which are treatments given one after another.
Radiation therapy is often used to treat kidney cancer, sometimes in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. Utilizing the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, you can target your kidney tumors with a precision unmatched by any other radiation treatment method.
Kidney tumors are always moving due to normal breathing and bowel operations. Unlike ALL other treatment systems, the non-surgical and non-invasive CyberKnife synchronizes with the movement of the tumor, continually verifying that it is precisely on target, delivering beams of high-dose radiation from all angles with pin-point precision. The unique combination of a flexible, robotic arm, the intelligent tumor tracking software and real time imaging track the smallest of movements and adjust radiation directly to the cancerous cells while you rest on a comfortable outpatient treatment center table. This focus minimizes the radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue and organs and limits some of the short and long-term side effects common with conventional treatments. Much shorter than traditional radiation treatment, CyberKnife treatment is administered in one to five days.
Give your Anchorage radiation oncologists a call today and find out more about kidney cancer and how it is best treated. We want to make sure you understand all of your treatment options. Call today at (907) 312-2112 and speak to one of our caring professionals. Your first phone consultation is free, so don’t delay! You can also reach out to us using our online message form and we will respond to your questions or appointment request right away. WE look forward to working with your to provide the best possible outcomes.
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