CyberKnife radiosurgery is a painless, non-invasive radiation treatment that can be used as an alternative to open surgery in certain cases. It uses image-guided robotics to non-invasively destroy tumors and other lesions with multiple beams of high-energy radiation. The cumulative effect of all the beams at the target results in the lesion receiving a very high dose of radiation while nearby normal tissue is preserved.
CyberKnife treatment gives physicians the opportunity to help patients who couldn't be helped before, especially those with cancerous or non-cancerous tumors in the brain, lung, neck, spine, liver, and prostate. Tumors that were once considered inoperable are often treatable with CyberKnife.
CyberKnife at St. Mary's of Michigan is only the second such system in the state of Michigan and is the only one north of Ann Arbor.
CyberKnife is located at St. Mary's of Michigan Seton Cancer Institute, 800 S. Washington, Saginaw. For more information, call (989) 907-8115.