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CyberKnife® M6™

CyberKnife® M6

In 2013, Lancaster General Health became the first hospital in the country to offer the next-generation CyberKnife® M6System. This state-of-the-art radiation therapy system offers new hope to patients with tumors that are too large or too complex to be removed surgically. The CyberKnife® M6system is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the:

  • Head and neck

  • Spine

  • Lungs

  • Prostate

  • Liver

  • Pancreas

  • Breast

  • Other soft tissues

Advanced technology offers advantages

The CyberKnife® M6System can be used in many cases where surgery is not appropriate or desirable. CyberKnife treatment delivers targeted high doses of radiation with extreme accuracy and safety. Compared to traditional radiation treatments, CyberKnife uses a smaller radiation field that pinpoints the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue. Advantages include:

  • No incisions
  • No pain
  • No anesthesia
  • No hospitalization requirement
  • Reduced radiation exposure to healthy tissue
  • Flexibility to treat large and/or complex tumors
  • Shorter course of therapy
  • Fewer short- and long-term side effects
  • Little or no recovery time
  • Immediate return to daily activities

What to expect

The CyberKnife treatment process begins with an evaluation by the treatment team, including a radiation oncologist. In some cases, your treatment team may recommend placement of small, gold fiducial markers to help identify the exact location of the tumor during treatment. A technician takes an MRI, CT or CT/PET scan to determine the size, shape and location of the tumors. Based on those scans, the radiation oncologist develops a specific treatment plan. During treatment, the patient is comfortably positioned on the treatment table. CyberKnife delivers radiation according to the treatment plan, while taking continual X-ray images to track and correct for any movement of the tumor. Most patients receive from one to five treatments. 

For more information about CyberKnife, speak to your oncology specialist.


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