The robotic stereotactic radiosurgery technology CyberKnife® is a high precision modern technology that provides the possibility to treat cancer and benign tumors in various body parts without surgical intervention, as an out-patient procedure, without pain and with the ability to return to normal routine as soon as possible.
CyberKnife® is especially suitable for treatment of such tumors that are located in hard to access locations, for example, brain and spinal cord, moving organs, and elsewhere.
Neurosurgery and radiosurgery Professor John R. Adler developed the first CyberKnife system in 1987. Adler’s vision was to develop a noninvasive robot, a radiosurgery system with excellent precision, in order to treat tumors anywhere in the body. During nearly 30 years time, the CyberKnife system has helped people throughout the whole world.
The CyberKnife M6 ® radiosurgery equipment at SRC Sigulda is the latest model in the CyberKnife® equipment series, and it differs from previous models with its many options for modifications. The M6 model ensures the widest range of possibilities for adapting the form of the radiation field.
CyberKnife® has several advantages: painless procedure, possibility to treat inoperable tumors, ambulatory treatment method, practically no complications, maximum comfort during the procedure.
Painless procedure – it does not involve surgical intervention. During the procedure, you will not require anesthesia, no incisions will be made, no blood will be lost.
Treats inoperable tumors – the high level of precision of CyberKnife® technology allows to treat tumors that previously were considered to be inoperable because of their location or other characteristics.
Healthy tissues are maintained – the tumor is targeted with radiation from various angles with the precision of a tenth of a millimeter, which allows it to work specifically on tissues that are affected by the disease, reducing the damage to surrounding tissue to the minimum.
Comfort during the procedure – during the procedure with CyberKnife®, a lightweight net-type mask for the head or a vest for the body is used, which allows to freely breathe and move. CyberKnife® with Synchrony® – with the help of the breathing monitoring system during the procedure, even the smallest movements of the patient can be fixated and adapted to. Therefore the patient who is being treated, for example, for lung or liver cancer can relax and breathe freely. In comparison – during treatment with other radiation equipment, for example, GammaKnife®, a head or body stereotactic “frame” is used to fixate the head and to limit its movement.
Go home on the same day – radiosurgery with CyberKnife® is an ambulatory treatment method (outpatient). After completing the procedure, you will be able to go home on the same day.
Minimal risk of complications – after CyberKnife® treatment, fewer complications have been observed and a higher quality of living is obtained in comparison to after surgical procedures or after classic radiation therapy.
Short overall treatment time – after our specialists’ conclusion that radiosurgery with CyberKnife® is the most appropriate treatment type for you, only 1 to 2 weeks will be necessary prior to the procedure for manipulations and preparation. During this time you will not need to stay in the clinic, but after each manipulation you can go home or enjoy the recreational options offered by Sigulda.