At CyberKnife of Long Island, we are experts in using CyberKnife® Radiosurgery as a precise and painless alternative to surgery and traditional radiation therapy for prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, spinal tumors, brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations.
CyberKnife radiosurgery allows our specialists to track prostate tumors and deliver strong beams of radiation with pinpoint accuracy so you can avoid traditional open surgery.
Surgery is generally the standard treatment for lung cancer, but many patients are unable or unwilling to have surgery. Our specialists offer leading-edge CyberKnife Radiosurgery technology to painlessly treat your lung cancer with little to no recovery time.
Trigeminal neuralgia is often considered one of the most painful medical conditions. Thankfully, painless CyberKnife Radiosurgery can help–often in an hour or less.
Conditions treated with CyberKnife
CyberKnife uniquely benefits patients with brain tumors by eliminating the need for stereotactic frames (stabilizing frames that are put around your head to limit movement during treatment). As a result, our specialists can achieve a high level of accuracy in a noninvasive manner, allowing patients to be treated on an outpatient basis. CyberKnife is used on a stand-alone basis or in combination with other brain cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery or whole brain radiation therapy.
Radiosurgery is an appealing substitute for open surgery in the treatment of brain metastases. During the CyberKnife treatment, imaging cameras determine the actual location of the tumor. Each time the robotic arm repositions to deliver another treatment, the CyberKnife recalculates the true position of the tumor. The result is unsurpassed, sub-millimeter accuracy, sparing healthy tissue.
Head and neck cancer
Cancers of the head, neck and oral area can be some of the most challenging for a patient to go through. The abilities to breathe, swallow and talk must be protected when undergoing treatment.
CyberKnife technology precisely identifies the tumor location as you breathe normally during treatment. It uses a soft mesh mask that is custom-fitted to your face, eliminating the need to attach a headframe with pins. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, CyberKnife can also be an effective option for patients who can’t endure head and neck cancer surgery or who have a high risk for postoperative complications. Most patients experience minimal to no side effects with a quick recovery time.
CyberKnife radiosurgery is a highly effective tool in the treatment of primary and metastatic kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma. Because of the kidney’s location near the bowel and lungs, there is constant movement from regular bodily functions. This movement can make it difficult to accurately target the tumor with standard radiation. CyberKnife uses enhanced image guidance and tumor-tracking software to target the exact location of the tumor and adjust to its movements during treatment. This ability to track the tumor minimizes radiation exposure to other organs, tissues, and nerves, and it ensures that the tumor receives high doses of radiation with submillimeter accuracy. CyberKnife is an option for patients who want to avoid surgery or whose tumors have been deemed inoperable.
Treating liver cancer with radiation therapy is a challenge because liver tumors move when you breathe. In addition, the tissue surrounding a liver tumor is very sensitive and can be damaged easily. CyberKnife is able to deliver high doses of radiation to both primary and metastatic liver tumors with extreme accuracy. Doctors can zero in on a moving target—the liver tumor—and irradiate it without harming the healthy surrounding tissue. As a result, the CyberKnife treatment is a comfortable option for patients, radiation is delivered more accurately and treatments can be completed in one to five sessions.
If you have lung cancer and are unwilling or unable to undergo surgery, CyberKnife treatment may be an option to consider. CyberKnife can be used instead of or along with surgery and chemotherapy and is an effective option for recurrent or metastatic cancer. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, CyberKnife precisely identifies the tumor location as you breathe normally during treatment. The precision of the CyberKnife allows for a higher dose of radiation per treatment, which reduces the total number of treatments needed. Learn more about CyberKnife treatment for lung cancer here.
A tumor in or near the pancreas can move as you breathe, making it difficult to accurately target with standard radiation. As a result, the tumor may not receive enough radiation and healthy organs near the tumor (stomach, intestines, duodenum, liver, kidneys and spinal cord) may be damaged. The CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy allows us to confirm the location of the pancreatic tumor and continually track its movement in real time, so we are better able to deliver radiation without damaging healthy surrounding tissue. CyberKnife allows us to destroy pancreatic tumors with high radiation doses in just four to five sessions, depending on the location of the tumor and other factors. The technology also provides a minimally invasive radiation treatment option for pancreatic cancer patients who have other health concerns, are unable to undergo pancreatic surgery, or who do not want surgery.
CyberKnife’s sophisticated software and respiratory tracking system allows us to confirm the exact location of the prostate tumor and continually track its movement in real time, so we can deliver radiation without damaging healthy tissue in the rectum and bladder. Our CyberKnife experts can help you fight your prostate cancer with low risk of incontinence or impotence and no cutting, pain or long recovery times. Learn more about CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer here.
Spine tumors present a treatment challenge because they move as you breathe. Conventional radiation therapy cannot account for this movement, so surrounding healthy tissue may be damaged by the radiation. CyberKnife is able to achieve a high level of accuracy completely noninvasively. It can pinpoint a tumor's exact location in real time throughout treatment.
CyberKnife allows you to breathe normally while on the treatment table and enables our specialist to target a moving tumor and focus hundreds of radiation beams from different angles, all of which intersect at the tumor. This allows us to deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumor while avoiding damage to the surrounding sensitive spinal cord tissue and other critical structures. As a result, radiation is delivered more accurately and treatments can be performed in a shorter period of time.
CyberKnife is a nonsurgical, noninvasive, painless treatment that delivers high dose radiation to trigeminal nerve roots with extreme accuracy, allowing us to treat them without sacrificing healthy tissue. It is one of the most advanced, precise treatment options available today. Many trigeminal neuralgia patients need only one treatment to feel relief. Learn more about CyberKnife treatment for trigeminal neuralgia here.