Because the kidney is located near the bowel and lungs there is constant movement as a result of natural bodily functions, such as breathing and the passing of gas. Treating with conventional radiation solutions poses serious challenges for cancer doctors. To treat with conventional radiation technology, the patient is required to use uncomfortable stabilizing devices and/or breath holding techniques or gating during treatment.
The CyberKnife System addresses the challenge of conventional radiation therapy with its innovative and flexible robotic design and sophisticated image guidance and tumor tracking software. The combination of these features allow the system to adapt to the rhythm and movement of the kidney tumor. By doing this, radiation can be delivered with sub-millimeter accuracy, minimizing damage to healthy surrounding tissues and organs and significantly reducing the side effects often associated with radiation therapy.
The Alaska CyberKnife Center at Providence Cancer Center treatment process includes three parts:
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