A cancer recurrence can happen when a tumor appears in the same primary location that was initially treated during a first-time diagnosis. In these cases, the tissue and area surrounding the tumor can be more sensitive requiring treatment options that will have the ability to target a new or previously treated area with radiation while having minimal side effects.
Thanks to technological advancements in the cancer treatment field, there are safe and effective ways to treat and reduce some common side effects when cancer comes back. Options can include various types of radiation therapy including an advanced form called stereotactic radiosurgery. At Illinois CyberKnife, this procedure is delivered with the advanced CyberKnife® system
When a patient is referred to Illinois CyberKnife, a group of cancer specialists evaluate all treatment options, taking into consideration a patient’s diagnosis, disease pattern and medical history to help determine the best plan for retreatment specific to the patient’s individual needs.
The CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system delivers precisely targeted, high-dose radiation to tumors throughout the head, neck and body. Patients do not have to undergo surgery, sedation or a prolonged recovery time. This benefit is particularly important for patients who are seeking a treatment option for a cancer recurrence in a site previously treated with maximum allowed doses of radiation.
If you are facing a recurrent cancer diagnosis, call our center to determine if you may be a candidate for CyberKnife.
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.