Instead of traveling to a cancer center for six to eight weeks of conventional radiation therapy, you can complete your CyberKnife treatment at our facility in one to five short sessions, usually lasting less than an hour each. The non-invasive and extremely precise radiosurgery minimizes your chances of experiencing side effects, allowing you to go home right and typically resume normal activities after each treatment session.
At the Las Vegas CyberKnife Center, your pancreatic cancer treatment includes:
- Treatment Planning – Your treatment team will insert fiducials into your tumor to give the CyberKnife System a reference point for its location. Fiducials are gold-colored markers that tend to be about the same size as rice grains. They’re inserted into the tumor using a needle. You’ll wear a special vest that will help the system track your tumor’s position. Then you will have a CT scan, which produces an image of your tumor and anatomy. Our team of cancer specialists, including radiation oncologists and medical physicists, will upload the images into the CyberKnife System so they can custom-design a treatment plan just for you. The plan will determine the dose and how to target the tumor with the radiation beams.
- Treatment – After a plan is created, you will lie on the comfortable treatment couch, wearing your special vest. The CyberKnife System’s robotic arm will rotate around you. The system’s tumor-tracking software adapts to the movement of your pancreatic tumor and compensates for any additional patient movement, to ensure that radiation is delivered directly to the intended target. CyberKnife treatments are typically completed in 1 to 5 daily sessions.
- Post-Treatment – After your treatment you will likely be able to resume your normal daily activities. Some patients may experience short term side effects, such as fatigue