CyberKnife Center - Care & Treatment - Stamford Health

The CyberKnife® Center for Cancer Treatment

Delivering hope with advanced technology

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We're here to help. To find out if you are a candidate for CyberKnife, call Tully Health Center at 203.276.2500.

We know and understand that sometimes surgery isn’t an option when it comes to specific cancers like brain, liver, lung, spine, prostate and others. That’s why we offer CyberKnife®, a non-invasive radiation treatment that targets your tumor with pinpoint precision and offers you a new kind of hope. The CyberKnife® Center is the only CyberKnife in the greater Fairfield County area, providing convenient access for patients from Connecticut, Westchester County, New York City, and beyond.

CyberKnife surgery offers you the following advantages over traditional surgery and radiation treatments:

  • Pain-free procedure with surrounding tissue spared
  • Non-invasive approach; no incisions
  • Requires no screwed-in head or body frame
  • No need to hold breath during treatment unlike traditional therapies
  • No anesthesia needed
  • Treatment completed in five visits or less
  • Outpatient procedure in a relaxed, comfortable setting
  • Knowledgeable and compassionate staff works with you
  • Virtually no recovery time needed
  • Quick return to normal activity

Here’s how the technology behind CyberKnife works for you:

  • We mount CyberKnife on an arm that moves around you—the beam can be adjusted in any direction, including exact depths.
  • We use a sophisticated tracking system to help compensate for any movement you make and to deliver radiation with accuracy to the targeted spot.
  • CyberKnife’s radiosurgery system uses one to five doses of intense, precisely directed CyberKnife radiation to treat malignant and benign tumors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CyberKnife System?

The CyberKnife System is a non-invasive, non-surgical approach to targeting your tumor. That way, the surrounding tissue is spared, yet the tumor site receives the full total dose. Clinicians use pre-treatment imaging to locate the tumor and calculate the needed treatment plan. During radiation delivery, the Synchrony® tracking system used by the CyberKnife tracks your breathing and movement, and compensates for you so that the radiation continues to be aimed exactly at the tumor at all times. You don’t have to hold your breath or wear a screwed-in head or body frame.

What conditions does the CyberKnife treat?

The CyberKnife can be used for:

If you’re considering CyberKnife, you should speak with your physician/oncologist, or call the CyberKnife Center at 203.276.2500.

How long does treatment take?

First, you’ll meet with your physician so so we can perform imaging and plan the treatment. Then you’ll visit the CyberKnife Center for treatment sessions that may last 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the area that is being treated. Treatments can be completed in a single session or up to five sessions, depending on the size and location of your tumor.

Are there any side effects?

Most patients experience few to no short-term side effects and often recover quickly. Because the CyberKnife treats tumors in many locations, any side effects will vary depending on the site of treatment, but can include mild nausea, increased urinary frequency, bowel irritation or fatigue. The CyberKnife Center clinicians will sit down with you and explain any possible side effects prior to treatment.

Has the CyberKnife System been approved by the FDA?

Yes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided clearance for the CyberKnife System to treat tumors in the head, neck, and upper spine in 1999 and for treatment of tumors anywhere in the body in 2001.

Are CyberKnife treatments covered by insurance?

CyberKnife procedures are not experimental and are often covered by Medicare and other major insurance carriers. Our CyberKnife staff will assist you with insurance authorization.

Can I have a CyberKnife procedure if I am currently on chemotherapy, undergoing proton therapy or traditional radiation therapy?

Possibly. However, all cases are assessed individually. That’s why it’s important for you to provide your physician with a complete medical history.