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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Does your X -ray look like this ?

Degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, leads to breaking down of cartilage causing pain, swelling and problems with joint movement and bones  rubbing against each other.

The most common chronic conditions affecting  the joints is Osteoarthritis, ( OA) , Rheumatoid Arthritis ( RA) and Gout.

Osteoarthritis  commonly affects knees, hips, small joints off the fingers, big toe, thumb and also the lower back and sometimes even neck.

Cartilage a smooth, rubbery material covers the end of each bone and helps in smooth joint movement and acts as a cushion between bones  in normal joints.  If the cartilage breaks down, joint movement gets affected. As arthritis worsens over time,  small growths called spurs may develop on the bones.  Small bits and pieces of bones and cartilage often chip off and and float around in the joint.   Due to inflammation, cytokines (proteins) and enzymes develop in the body that further damage the cartilage.

As Osteoarthritis progresses, the cartilage wears away and bone knock and rub against each other  leading to more  joint damage, excrutiating pain.

There is no cure for Osteoarthritis but medical management along with moderate exercise ( atleast 30 minutes, with stretches to help joint mobility and flexibility)  and weight reduction, may help in managing pain, stiffness, swelling and in improving joint mobility..

Osteoarthritis largely affects people over 65 though even younger people, teenagers also get affected.

 OTC pain relievers, NSAID’s (non steroidal  anti -inflammatory drugs) , corticosteroids (oral or injections)  and Hyaluronic acid injections are the various treatment options which provide relief. Surgery or joint replacement such as total knee replacement, hip replacement can replace severely damaged knees and hip joints.

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