How Does CyberKnife Treat Brain Tumors?

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal and can be cancerous or benign. Reno CyberKnife uses CyberKnife® technology to treat brain tumors with a specialized type of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). While the name may make some think of knives and scalpels, CyberKnife treatment does not require surgery, sedation or an overnight hospital stay.

At Reno CyberKnife, brain tumor treatment involves a team approach, with dedicated specialists working together to develop the optimal radiation delivery plan for each patient. During the CyberKnife planning phase, our medical team will define the radiation dose and size of the area that must be targeted by radiation. A treatment plan will then be developed, typically consisting of 1-5 treatment sessions for brain tumor patients.

Unlike some other treatment methods, brain tumor treatment with CyberKnife is painless, eliminates the need for any invasive head frame and doesn’t require anesthesia. The advanced CyberKnife system allows patients to lie comfortably on a treatment table as the machine’s maneuverable robotic arm moves around the patient’s head delivering high-dose radiation directly to the tumor with sub-millimeter accuracy, while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.

Learn more about the CyberKnife brain tumor treatment process on our conditions treated page or visit the American Brain Tumor Association for support resources.

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.