The CyberKnife Radiosurgery System is a clinically-proven treatment that is very effective in treating lung cancer alone, or in conjunction with other treatment methods. The cancer experts at Alaska CyberKnife work closely with your medical team to determine how CyberKnife treatment can best work in your treatment plan. One of the challenges in treating lung cancer is that the tumors in the lungs can move during radiation treatment. Ensuring radiotherapy is targeted only to the cancerous cells is important in killing the cancer as well as not damaging nearby healthy tissue and organs.
The effectiveness of the CyberKnife treatment stems from the orchestration of a flexible, robotic arm, state-of-the art software and a tumor-tracking imaging system. Together, our experts can see your tumor in real-time and direct hundreds of high-dose radiation beams to the exact location of your tumor, even as it moves ever-so-slightly. By focusing the radiation only on the cancerous cells and avoiding the healthy lung tissue, there is less risk of damaging vital functions of the lung and far fewer side effects. And the recovery time is usually hours instead of weeks.
If you’ve been diagnosed with lung 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 oncologists will work with your medical team to evaluate your condition and circumstances completely. Then, they will develop a multi-disciplinary treatment plan that addresses all of your needs in the best way possible. Options for treatment may include:
Radiation therapy is often used to treat lung cancer, sometimes in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. Utilizing the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, you can target your lung tumors with a precision unmatched by any other radiation treatment method. Recent studies show patients have had more favorable results when their early stage operable lung cancer was treated with CyberKnife stereotactic radiation therapy (SABR) rather than surgery. Even lung surgeons see the importance of utilizing the CyberKnife system to treat lung cancer as they explain here.
Because they are attached to or in your lungs, lung tumors are always moving, and can move as much as two inches with every breath. 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.
If you or a loved one is fighting lung cancer, don’t wait to find out how CyberKnife can help effectively treat this dangerous disease. Give us a call right now at (907) 312-2112 and speak to one of our expert radiation oncologists. We think it’s important that you know all of your options and we can explain the procedures completely. You can also reach out to us using our online message form and we will respond to your questions or appointment request right away. Our caring professionals look forward to providing the best possible outcomes for your specific situation.
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