When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients should consult their doctor to learn more about the best treatment for their diagnosis. Consultation is a key part of making an informed treatment decision given the impact different forms of treatment can have on a patient’s quality of life.
There are several different treatment options available depending on the type of cancer and the size, shape and location of a tumor. Treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, sometimes in combination.
Illinois CyberKnife offers a treatment option called stereotactic radiosurgery, an advanced form of radiation therapy that delivers high-dose radiation beams to a tumor from virtually unlimited angles. Compared with conventional radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery has key differences. Though both treat tumors noninvasively, radiation dosage, duration of treatment and potential side effects can differ.
The following table provides a brief overview of stereotactic radiosurgery and conventional radiation therapy.
The information provided about medical conditions, treatment options, comparisons and associated risks is a very brief overview. Not all patients are CyberKnife® candidates. Consult your doctor for any diagnosis and its best treatment.
*Source: American Cancer Society.