Decoding CyberKnife, for cancer treatment and benign tumours

We often get queries on CyberKnife and what is CyberKnife used for ?

CyberKnife is an excellent treatment option for treating cancer’s such as prostate cancer, gliomas ,brain cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, spine cancer, cancer of the pancreas, head and neck cancer, liver cancer, early stage -localised breast cancer and several types of malignant tumours, benign tumours and several other medical conditions.
CyberKnife delivers stereostatic radiation( SBRT) with extreme precision and a tissue margin of 1-5mm

Non invasive, CybeKnife vaporises a brain tumour

Cyber knife is totally non invasive and offers hope for inoperable localised cancers such as small cell lung cancer,for inoperable lesions where there is no other alternative for the patient to be treated.
CyberKnife can spot the exact size, shape and location of the tumor and delivers highly concentrated beams of radiation with precision ranging from 1 to 5 mm and this leads to minimal damage and bleeding.

Since CyberKnife treatment is totally non invasive, it is used for treatment of inoperable cancers as an alternate to surgery or as an alternative to surgery to minimise trauma, avoid complications and reduce risk.

Most patients can be treated several times with the CyberKnife and even treated again or retreated with minimal side effects leading to a better quality of life.For example for prostate cancer, even for a repeat surgery, CyberKnife can be used very successfully.

CyberKnife treatment is FDA approved and can spot patient movement even while breathing. The radiation beams can be aimed from several directions, thereby never losing the precision which is hall mark of a CyberKnife treatment.

CyberKnife treatment usually gets completed in 3 to 5 sessions spread over a week. Most patients can lead normal lives post CyberKnife treatment Most CyberKnife treatments are covered by insurance providers all over the world.

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Since the treatment involves a high degree of expertise, CyberKnife treatment is not offered by most hospitals.

The stage, location and size of the tumour or the cancer plays an important role, hence multiple teams of doctors and oncologists need to be involved before a decision on  use of CyberKnife as treatment option can be arrived.
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Treatment of Kidney Cancer Surgery

Surgery as a choice of treatment will depend on the staging and spread of cancer.

Surgeries such as Radical nephrectomy removes the kidney and surrounding tissues.

Simple nephrectomy removes the kidney only.

Partial nephrectomy removes the cancer from the kidney with other surrounding tissues. Doctors may also suggest the following options to help destroy the cancer.

Arterial embolization which involves inserting something through the artery that leads to the kidney which blocks the flow of blood to the cancer cells.

Cryotherapy uses extreme cold to kill the cancer cells.

Radiofrequency ablation: This treatment procedure uses high frequency radio wave to shock and kill the tumor.

Radiation therapy treatment method uses high energy x-ray radiation or other forms of radiation to kill the cancer cells.

Cryotherapy is a non-surgical method which uses extreme cold to kill the cancer cells.

Kidney cancer treatment in India depending upon staging may include radical nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy.

Signs and Symptoms of kidney cancer

In most cases, early symptoms of kidney cancer are rare. The most common symptoms of mid to advance stage of kidney cancer are;

Blood in the urine medically referred to as Haematuria. The amount of blood in the urine is usually high enough to change the color of urine to reddish or dark brown.

Persistent pain in the side below the ribs. high blood pressure, loss of appetite, unintended weight loss, a lump or swelling in the area of the kidney on either side are the more common symptom though some patients experience night sweats and extreme tiredness.

Other Symptoms of Kidney Cancer:

  • Weight Loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Abdominal Lump
  • Swollen Legs and ankle
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath, and
  • Recurring side pain are also symptoms to watch out for.

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