What Makes Us a Top Lung Cancer Treatment Center in L.A.
Few things can affect someone like a lung cancer diagnosis. At Pasadena CyberKnife® Center, we understand how horrifying such a diagnosis can be. Fortunately, with CyberKnife treatment, there’s hope. Is your tumor recurrent or inoperable? Are you too sick to go through surgery? Are you looking for lung cancer treatment centers that offer a nonsurgical option? If so, CyberKnife may be for you.
The CyberKnife® Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy System received FDA approval in 2001 for the treatment of cancerous tumors in all parts of the body, including the lungs. It’s a non-surgical and noninvasive cancer treatment option. The CyberKnife System works by directing a pin-point-sized high dose of radiation at the cancerous tumor.
When compared to conventional external radiation therapy, the CyberKnife System is revolutionary. Its precision allows it to aim a very high dose of radiation only where it’s needed. As a result, there’s no radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Painless & Comfortable Treatment
CyberKnife treatment at our lung cancer centers is pain-free. You’ll lie on a custom-molded body cradle while the robotic arm of the CyberKnife system moves around your body, delivering its focused beam of radiation to your tumor from every angle. There’s no need for any restraints or annoying devices designed to keep you still, unlike with conventional radiation treatments.
CyberKnife solves one of the crucial problems of conventional radiotherapy, which is that tumors tend to move around inside the body during treatment, due to involuntary functions. This is especially true of lung cancer tumors, which move around during radiotherapy as the patient breathes.
The CyberKnife system can track the movements of your tumor so it can continue to deliver a focused blast of radiation, no matter where your tumor moves during respiration. Fiducial markers, or tiny golden seeds, may be inserted in your tumor to help the CyberKnife System locate it. You’ll be given a special vest to wear to help the system calculate your tumor’s position.
Fewer Treatments Plus a Shorter Recovery Time
The success rate of the CyberKnife System is what makes us one of the best lung cancer treatment centers in Los Angeles. Most patients require only one to five treatments with CyberKnife. Each treatment session takes between 30 to 90 minutes and you can receive treatment every day — so your treatment will be over in one to five days, compared to the 25 to 40 days required for conventional radiotherapy.
When you go through CyberKnife lung cancer treatment, you don’t have to stay overnight in a hospital. You can go home after your treatment session and get back to living your life. Most people immediately return to their normal activities. Your doctor will monitor your progress after treatment with a series of follow-up scans.
If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, CyberKnife can reduce or eliminate your tumors even if you’ve had cancer before, can’t have surgery or don’t want surgery. Find out why Pasadena CyberKnife® Center is one of the top lung cancer treatment centers in California; schedule a consultation with our oncologists today.