Orange Coast Radiation Oncology Center
How Do I Know If I Can Be Treated With CyberKnife?

If you are like most people facing a cancer diagnosis, you likely have plenty of questions. At Orange County Cyberknife, we are dedicated to helping our patients understand their disease and treatment options. We believe a well-informed patient is more likely to have positive results. Below are answers to some common questions and some CyberKnife facts.

How Do I Know If I Can Be Treated With the CyberKnife?

Only your doctor can determine which treatment options you are eligible for. When you come to Orange County Cyberknife, we will begin with a thorough examination and consultation. We will create an individualized treatment plan for you based on your specific type of cancer, the stage of the disease and other health factors. Your physician will review your treatment options with you.

We are innovators in using CyberKnife because it is an effective and highly-targeted way to treat cancer with minimal side effects compared to other treatment types. It is often the best treatment option. Nonetheless, we only recommend the right treatment options for your individual circumstances.

What Are The Benefits of CyberKnife?

CyberKnife is an increasingly popular treatment type because it offers many benefits. These are a few reasons why more physicians are suggesting this treatment:

  • Non-invasive
  • Typically painless
  • No immobilization or headframe
  • Able to reach typically unreachable tumors
  • Minimal damage to healthy tissue
  • Highly-targeted
  • Tailored to your tumor

The results of CyberKnife tend to be very positive because it is so precise. Additionally, it is a far less painful and stressful experience compared to more traditional treatment options. Orange County Cyberknife helped to pioneer the use of this technology because it offers patients a better way to treat their cancer.

What Are the Common CyberKnife Side Effects?

Cyberknife often causes no side effects at all. For patients who do experience them, the complications and side effects of CyberKnife are relatively mild due to its highly-targeted nature. These are some of the possible side effects of Cyberknife.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Skin reddening
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Scaring (very rare)

Other than headaches, nausea and fatigue, these symptoms are quite rare. Additionally, even the more common symptoms typically diminish quickly after treatment. CyberKnife side effects vary depending on the site and the extent of the procedure. Talk to your physician before treatment to learn more.

How Long Does CyberKnife Recovery Take?

Recovery after CyberKnife treatment is very rapid and many patients have no recovery time at all. There is no pain from the procedure and most symptoms will diminish relatively promptly with some rest.

CyberKnife treatment may require several sessions, usually between one and five. This could slightly extend the recovery time for patients who experience side effects. However, most patients experience do not experience any. Relative to other treatment types, CyberKnife recovery is very minimal.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Learn more about CyberKnife facts and treatment by contacting Orange County CyberKnife. We are dedicated to patient education because it helps ensure the best results from treatment. Schedule an appointment today to speak with one of our expert physicians.