cyberknife questions...

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cyberknife questions...

by kjdill22 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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My dad has just been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer with brain mets. he recently had brain surgery to remove the largest but the doctors are thinking of having him go through the cyber knife for the other smaller ones. Has any one had cyber knife or known someone who has?  I'm kind of looking for more info on pros and cons. One doctor also suggested cyber knife on the lung...Any help would be appreciated.

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by jackiekay on Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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I believe cyberknife is usually a quick procedure with usually just an overnight stay in the hospital.  I think the criteria for using it for brain surgery is the tumor has to be under 4 cm.  They use a concentrated beam of radiation to destroy the cancerous tissue.  It is totally non-invasive from a cutting/opening the head stand point.  You could probably YouTube it and see an actual surgery.

Jackiekay

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by kjdill22 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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Thanks so much for your reply! Does anyone know the side effects or anything that comes with having the surgery. Thanks again!

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by Bella_Louise on Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband was treated with the cyberknife last year.  It is radiation that is concentrated to a specific area.  It took less then an hour and he had absolutely no side effects.  We went home right after the treatment. 

 Good luck to you.  My husband was diagnosed with GBM IV in May of 2006.  We have treated him with radiation and temador - temador - Cyberknife - CPT-11/Avastin and this month we have just switched to Avastin only.  He is remarkable. 

Stay as positive as you can!!!

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by Solutions on Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/25/2008 kjdill22 wrote:

Thanks so much for your reply! Does anyone know the side effects or anything that comes with having the surgery. Thanks again!

Hello, CyberKnife Radiosurgery System is not surgery and we think of surgery.

Go to www.accuray.com  and learn all about.

Yes, CyberKnife is used for lung tumors.

Are there side effects? Well, the first time (2007) my wife had the CyberKnife Treatment on a cancer tumo in one lymph node there were NO side effects. The reason was because it was 5 ttreatments of low dose.

The second time she needed radiation in the same lymph node, there was a side effect. The reason is because the doseage was increased. My wife now has a stomach ulcer. We believe everthing will be fine within a few months.  Considering the alternative, CyberKnife was great.

Thank you,

Leonard From Alamo, California  

 

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by vilmita on Tue Jun 22, 2010 02:33 AM

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my mother was diagnose with with cancer 3 years ago.She was born with this type of cancer that is Chorcoma. Is in your cord of the spine. Her doctor told me she was old to do surgery, so he suggested the cyberknife. She had done it one time and nothing happen. Then her doctor suggested to do it again, but they really didn't want to do it, it was to much risk for her a second time. Finally they did it for the 2 time, it was a miracle the tumor went away she able to walk, speak, eat.  This was three years ago. About 2 months ago.She started with headed, her tumor has come back. She is receiving the cyberknife for 3 time, this is very risk  do it 3 time in the same tumor, but i have no choice.  I just want to  tell everyone that cyberknife let my mom live 3 years, and now i have confidence that god will gave her more time to live. side effects you feel tire, you get blisters in the mouth, and your body hurt, but it worst the risk. Thanks to cyberknife I had my mother with me.

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by ehmusic on Tue Jun 22, 2010 06:18 PM

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My brother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in April and just (last Friday) completed a 5 day session of CyberKnife (CK) treatments in Tulsa OK.  My brother is not a candidate for surgery and the Cancer is a tumor.  I believe that CK is suggested for people with tumors, as opposed to metastatic cancer.

CK quote

                   "Procedure:  Radiosurgery minimizes radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. Compared to other radiosurgical treatments, the CyberKnife offers several advantages to patients, including rapid relief from pain and other symptoms.

                 Treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, with each treatment lasting between 30 to 90 minutes. The number of treatments vary depending on the tumor size, location and shape but typically only two to five daily sessions are required. The CyberKnife allows patients to lie comfortably on the procedure table without anesthesia while the robotic arm moves, without touching them, to treat all areas of the tumor.

                Recovery  (from the radiation treatment) is often immediate, given its low risk of complications and damage to health tissue."

In the case of my brother, he experienced side effects after each treatment (fatigue, nausea, vomiting and sometimes hiccups lasting hours-which by itself if exhausting) which are typical for the area that they treated.

I can't tell you if the CK will have a positive or negative effect on the outcome since he just had it done.  What I do know is that he does feel a lot better (less pain) and went to 2 parties and rode his motorcycle over the weekend. 

Since this is all on a day by day basis - I would say he had a very positive experience and the bottom line is he feels better. I can't say enough about the Dr.'s, Tech's and staff who terrific - they were kind, caring and professional.

 

I hope you find this helpful.

Wishing your Dad and you all the best.

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