Benefits of CyberKnife – #3 Comfortable Treatment

Non-Invasive Cancer Treatment in Pasadena & Los Angeles, CA

At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we believe that no matter what you’re up against, there’s always hope. As a premier cancer treatment center serving the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, CA, we’re proud to offer world-class cancer treatment in a state-of-the-art facility, and we strive to take the time to customize each treatment to meet the unique needs of our patients. Our flagship treatment, CyberKnife, is one of the most advanced cancer-fighting systems in the world – but one of its primary benefits is simpler than you might expect: plain, old-fashioned comfort.

Brace-Free Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy presents an ideal form of cancer treatment because it’s a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure: radiation is delivered directly to the tumor in the form of a laser beam that penetrates the skin, eliminating the need for incisions or invasive procedures. That said, until recently, non-surgical didn’t necessarily mean comfortable.

The difficulty of radiation therapy systems in the past was that for most tumors, involuntary movement during treatment is unavoidable. It’s often very difficult for a patient to lie completely motionless for the entire duration of a treatment session, and even then, involuntary movements like breathing or gases shifting in the bowels can move a tumor by several millimeters over the course of the treatment.

This presents a significant problem, as a movement of even a millimeter can bring the tumor out of the path of the radiation and jeopardize the surrounding healthy tissues and cells. To prevent this problem, past radiation therapy systems used immobility devices like braces: heavy-duty frames bolted onto the patient’s body that immobilize the treatment area. While effective, these braces are often extremely uncomfortable and make treatment a difficult process.

Comfortable Cancer Treatment Through CyberKnife

CyberKnife changes all of this. Using breakthrough medical real-time imaging, motion tracking, and robotics technology, CyberKnife is able to deliver pinpoint radiation without the need for uncomfortable immobility devices. Thanks to the Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System, CyberKnife can track and adjust for regular involuntary movement of the tumor, delivering a high-dose beam of radiation while following the tumor as it moves.

Instead of uncomfortable braces or painful immobility devices, CyberKnife patients simply have to lie on the comfortable treatment couch while CyberKnife does the work. In some cases, we may create a body cradle to hold patients in position during treatment – but even this is a far cry from the medical braces needed in past treatments. A body cradle for CyberKnife simply holds the body in a certain position, still letting patients like comfortably and breathe normally during the treatment. Without the need for incisions, anesthesia, or immobility braces, CyberKnife offers one of the most comfortable cancer treatment methods on the market today.

Contact Your Pasadena & Los Angeles, CA Cancer Treatment Facility

Cancer diagnosis of any kind can be a scary experience, but CyberKnife can offer new hope to even the most difficult, inoperable tumors. If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with cancer, we know how difficult this experience can be – but we’re here to help. Pasadena CyberKnife Center has helped patients all over the greater Los Angeles area beat serious cancerous conditions, and no matter what you’re up against, we’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that gives you new hope. Call us today at 626.768.1021 if you have any questions about CyberKnife, our Pasadena cancer treatment center, or cancer in general, and if you’d like to schedule a consultation or second opinion, we encourage you to reach out to us at our contact page. No matter what your condition or situation, we look forward to helping you beat cancer and reclaim a healthy, normal lifestyle.