Spine Cancer Treatment Overview

Spine Cancer

Treatment Overview

The CyberKnife System is routinely used to treat conditions in the spine, including benign and malignant primary tumors and spinal metastases. CyberKnife radiosurgery may be used to treat complicated neurosurgical cases, while avoiding the spinal cord and other critical structures from radiation exposure.

Introduction to the CyberKnife M6 System

Clinical publications related to CyberKnife treatment cases Despite its name, CyberKnife treatment is not a surgical procedure. In fact, there is no cutting involved. The CyberKnife System delivers radiation with the high level of precision required for radiosurgery. Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists use the CyberKnife System when more invasive techniques are deemed ineffective or too risky. CyberKnife radiosurgery is suited for patients who cannot undergo surgical procedures as a result of:

  • Location or size of the tumor
  • Patient's health
  • Previous surgery or radiotherapy
  • Desire to avoid surgery

The CyberKnife System was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1999 to treat tumors in the head and base of the skull, and in 2001 for treatment outside of the skull. Since then, thousands of patients have been treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery for conditions within, near and adjacent to the spine.