March 11, 2008 – Often times, a cancer diagnoses can sound like a death sentence that promises painful, medical treatment, invasive surgeries and steep medical bills. For that reason, modern technology and the experienced medical professionals at Morse CyberKnife in Miami have identified this problem and provide a cutting-edge procedure with the use of radiosurgery which requires no cutting or invasive operations.
In lieu of a scalpel, the CyberKnife is a highly advanced radiation tool that effectively eliminates tumors and lesions. The CyberKnife can perform this surgery without the need for incision, blood, anesthesia or difficult rehabilitation time.
According to the website, CyberKnife surgery is a type of surgery that does not require actual cutting in removing tumors and lesions from hard to reach areas of the body. The treatment involves using an innovative device, the CyberKnife, to deliver radiation to treatment areas more accurately than conventional methods. Cancer patients can take advantage of the radiosurgery and the following is what to expect when undergoing the non-invasive CyberKnife cancer treatment
Prior to the actual radiosurgery treatment, patients will visit the Center once for the set-up and then again the actual day of the treatment. The CyberKnife procedure is performed using a multi-disciplinary team, which may include a surgeon or neurosurgeon, radiation-oncologist, medical physicist, radiation technologist and registered nurse. Typically this team is present during the treatment and is available to assist the patient and answer any questions they may have during the treatment session. For conditions such as a brain tumor, a custom-made face mesh mold is fashioned to restrict movement during the treatment session.
In the initial setup stage, the patient may receive a MRI and/or CT. These images are then used to plan the treatment object and dosage. According to the patient flow process, â€œIf the condition being treated is not intracranial, but elsewhere in the body, special markers may need to be placed in the body. These markers are called fiducials, and they help the CyberKnife physicians localize the treatment area. Fiducials can be implanted by the patient physician, often in an outpatient medical center, and normally do not require hospitalization. Fiducials are very small pellets and can remain in the body permanently without harm.
After 24-48 hours, the patient will receive a follow up call by the Radiation Therapist and the patient will follow up with the assigned treating physician and referring physician.
For more information about the CyberKnife treatment or about Morse CyberKnife Miami,West Palm Beach, Tamp Bay visit http://www.morsecyberknife.com