Spine Cancer Treatment Quality of Life

Spine Cancer

Quality of Life

Benefits

The CyberKnife® System offers a number of benefits compared to conventional radiation treatments and surgery:

  • Minimal side effects
  • Non-invasive treatment – 100 percent frameless
  • Little to no recovery time
  • Surgically precise delivery of radiation (sub-millimeter clinical accuracy)
  • Appropriate treatment for some patients diagnosed with inoperable or untreatable tumors or other lesions

Side Effects

Most side effects are minimal and last only a short time. Possible side effects could include:

  • Dysphagia (inability to eat) for patients with upper spine treatments
  • Esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus) for patients with upper spine treatments
  • Transient myelitis (may require corticosteroid treatment)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal column (bone) injury
  • Exposure to nearby tissue