CyberKnife was originally developed to treat brain and spine tumors, but without the rigid head frame required by other radiosurgery systems. Instead, brain tumor patients who are treated with CyberKnife wear a tailor-made, lightweight and open-mesh face mask. The result is a much more comfortable and noninvasive experience. CyberKnife also requires only one to five treatment sessions for brain and spinal tumors, as compared to 10 to 30 sessions with traditional forms of radiation therapy.
Since first installing the system, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has performed some of the most complex neurosurgery CyberKnife procedures on the East Coast. Today, it is one of the highest volume neurosurgery CyberKnife centers in the nation, treating for the following conditions:
- Arterial venous malformations
- Benign tumors:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Chordomas of the spine and brain
- Functional disorders (trigeminal neuralgia)
- Intracranial tumors and lesions
- Malignant tumors (primary and metastatic)
- Spine cancer and spinal cord tumors
Not only can CyberKnife target tumors that were previously considered unreachable or inoperable, the sophisticated system is a great advancement in patient ease and comfort, offering the following advantages:
- No pain — Because the procedure is a nonsurgical approach, there is no anesthesia, incision, blood loss or recovery time.
- No head or body frame — Unlike other stereotactic radiosurgical techniques, the CyberKnife system uses the body’s bony structures or implanted markers to find its target (with or without Synchrony).
- No overnight hospitalization — An outpatient treatment, CyberKnife usually allows you to return home the same day.
- Faster and more accurate — Approaching its target from more than 1,400 angles, CyberKnife can deliver high doses of radiation to tumors while avoiding surrounding, healthy tissue.
For a physician referral, please call 1-877-CYBER 01 (1-877-292-3701).
For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237