CyberKnife Treatment

A non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for cancerous or non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation to cancer, tumors and lesions while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissues and organs.

The CyberKnife system, providing stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), adjusts radiation targeting and dosage by using image-guidance software that tracks, and continuously adjusts, tumor treatment as the tumor moves with a patient’s breathing. The frequency of treatments depends on the location and type of tumor(s).

Benefits of CyberKnife Treatment

  • No incision or pain
  • No anesthesia
  • No hospitalization
  • Shortened recovery times
  • Quick return to normal activities

CyberKnife has been approved by the FDA for use in treating certain operable, inoperable and surgically complex tumors of the brain, spine, head and neck, prostate, pancreas, liver and kidney. 

CyberKnife is used to treat both Intracranial (head and brain) and Extracranial (outside the skull) tumors and lesions.

Intracranial Tumors

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET)
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Gangliocytoma
  • Germinoma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Glioma
  • Glomus jugulare tumor
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Neurocytoma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vestibular schwannoma

Extracranial Tumors

  • Small-cell lung cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (throat cancer)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer)

If you have questions or concerns about CyberKnife, don’t hesitate to talk to one of your Mercy caregivers. We’re eager to provide you with the very best care and get you back to living more fully.