Spine Cancer Treatment Advantage

Spine Cancer

The CyberKnife® Advantage

The CyberKnife® System’s robotic design enables the clinician to approach the target from many different directions in order to minimize radiation exposure to the spinal cord, healthy tissue and nearby organs.

The CyberKnife System is extraordinarily precise, enabling clinicians to deliver individualized treatment with sub-millimeter accuracy. Therapeutic radiation is targeted to where it counts – the tumor – and falls off steeply near the healthy tissue and structures surrounding the tumor.

The CyberKnife System tracks the position of the spine throughout the treatment to ensure the radiation beam is delivered precisely to the tumor.

  • Patient Comfort

    Although most patients experience minimal side effects of spine SBRT, side effects can occur and may be severe. Discuss these with your doctor to determine whether you are a candidate for spine SBRT with the CyberKnife.

    The system is able to achieve a high level of accuracy completely non-invasively – without the use of body frames or implanted fiducial markers.

  • Clinically Proven

    A clinical study of 200 patients with spinal tumors receiving treatment with the CyberKnife System over multiple sessions found that patients experienced significant pain relief and improved quality of life following treatment.2

    A clinical study of 62 patients treated with the CyberKnife System for spinal metastases found treatments were very effective in providing lesion control and pain relief, with mild toxicity.3

  • Alternate to Surgery

    Treatments with the CyberKnife System are non-invasive and pain free.

    In some cases, CyberKnife radiosurgery may be an alternative to traditional surgery. It does not typically require anesthesia or an overnight hospital stay, and eliminates the recovery time and risks associated with surgery.

  • Convenient Treatment Schedule

    Most cases are treated in one to five treatment sessions, typically performed on an outpatient basis over the course of consecutive days and requiring no overnight hospital stays.

  • Retreatment

    Because it can precisely target tumors, the CyberKnife System may provide a safe radiation treatment option even for some previously irradiated patients.

  • Talk to Your Doctor

    Discuss eligibility with your doctor. Side effects of CyberKnife treatment are usually mild and temporary, and may include nausea and fatigue. As with any radiation treatment, the side effects can also be severe in some patients and lead to permanent injury or even death. Talk to your doctor to determine if treatment with the CyberKnife System is right for you.

    What makes CyberKnife radiosurgery different »

1. Gagnon GJ, Nasr NM, Liao JJ, et al. Treatment of spinal tumors using cyberknife fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery: pain and quality-of-life assessment after treatment in 200 patients. Neurosurgery 2009;64:297-306; discussion 306-297.
2. Wang Q, Song Y, Zhuang H, et al. Robotic stereotactic irradiation and reirradiation for spinal metastases: safety and efficacy assessment. Chin Med J (Engl) 2014;127:232-238.