Lung cancer occurs in the delicate tissues of the lungs and usually occurs in one of two major forms, non-small cell lung cancer, and small cell lung cancer. Because of its location in such a vital organ, and due to the complex tissue structure of the lungs, lung cancer requires very precise treatment. CyberKnife is the most advanced, most precise form of radiation therapy available today, and our Walnut Creek cancer center is dedicated to changing patients’ lives with its accuracy and reliability. Find out how Epic Care CyberKnife uses this technology to treat lung cancer patients in new ways.
Radiation therapy usually relies on stillness to deliver a steady and focused beam of radiation to cancerous cells, and this is difficult when it comes to cancers of the lungs, chest, and abdomen. Tumors in the lungs can move as much as two inches with every breath, and traditional methods of restraint are very uncomfortable. CyberKnife uses its Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System to track respiratory motion in real-time while adjusting the radiation beam to continually focus on the tumor. During CyberKnife treatment, the patient breathes normally and requires no restrictive gear.
Another feature that makes CyberKnife more comfortable and effective is the mobility of the robotic arm that supports the radiation beam. Lung cancer can occur in any part of the lung tissue, and having the freedom to treat the tumors from any angle greatly improves the accuracy and efficiency of treatment. The patient can lie in a position that is comfortable for them and CyberKnife’s robotic arm will adjust to accommodate. Greater precision means that less healthy tissue is damaged during treatment.
CyberKnife provides an enhanced overall patient experience because of its pinpoint precision. The procedure is painless, there are far fewer side effects because the surrounding healthy tissues avoid contact with radiation, and the high doses of focused radiation provide patients with better outcomes.
CyberKnife radiation therapy can be used alone or combined with other treatments, as each patient’s journey is unique.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, experienced a tumor recurrence, or are looking to enhance a current treatment program, consider Epic Care CyberKnife. Our team has treated countless patients with care, respect, and high-tech solutions that provide life-changing results. Contact us today and book a consultation, we can’t wait to meet you!