Treatment Comparison: Radiation Exposure

When choosing between different radiation therapies for cancer treatment, one of the differences to consider is the method of delivery and dosage level of the radiation. Depending on the location and size of your tumor, the right treatment plan may require one or a combination of treatment approaches.

Traditional radiation treatments deliver lower doses of radiation exposing a large margin of surrounding tissue to the radiation. Treatment using this method often occurs over many sessions (up to 45 treatments).

Conversely, CyberKnife® uses its advanced tracking system to noninvasively target tumors from multiple angles and deliver high doses of radiation over a shorter course of time, specifically no more than five treatment sessions.

While the phrase “high-dose radiation” can be intimidating, CyberKnife treatment actually decreases the potential for damaging healthy tissue around a tumor due to its extreme precision when delivering radiation. Utilizing this approach, healthy tissues are minimally exposed to the radiation, resulting in few to no side effects. CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery is a treatment option for benign and malignant tumors throughout the body.

If you have any additional questions about our treatment process or would like to find out if you or a loved one may be a candidate, please contact our center.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.