Advantages of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spinal Tumors

For patients with metastatic cancer, the spine is often one of the most common places cancer can spread. Tumors of the spine can be particularly sensitive and can compress nerves or weaken vertebral structures. Due to the proximity to critical anatomy like the spinal cord, patients may request or require a nonsurgical treatment option.

Illinois CyberKnife treats spinal tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery using CyberKnife® technology. The specialized form of radiation therapy can be particularly beneficial for spinal tumors given the spinal cord has limited radiation tolerance. CyberKnife has the ability to focus and deliver very targeted doses of radiation to precise areas in the body, reducing radiation exposure to nearby nerves and healthy tissue.

Patients treated with CyberKnife may be fitted with a mesh facemask or body mold made of soft material that reduces movement, allowing patients to receive treatment with little stress on their bodies. Treatment with CyberKnife requires minimal or no recovery time and patients can return to their normal routine immediately following treatment.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a spinal tumor and are interested in CyberKnife, call our center at (847) 723-0100.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.