Virginia Hospital Center has performed over 1,600 CyberKnife treatments (including over 300 for prostate cancer)—more than any hospital in Northern Virginia.
Updated: January 2016.
Virginia Hospital Center's new CyberKnife® Robotic Radiotherapy System treats inoperable tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. Virginia Hospital Center is the only local facility to augment CyberKnife with two enhancements:
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Depending on the area being treated, side effects could include fatigue, nausea, mild skin reactions, some hair loss, sore throat, headache, and urinary and bowel problems.
Individual insurance plans vary and most currently cover CyberKnife treatments. We can help you determine your insurance coverage and answer any financial questions you have.
Treatment time varies depending on the location of the tumor and the complexity of the treatment plan. Treatment times are between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Treatments are 1 to 5 sessions on consecutive business days.
As of December 2010, more than 100,000 patients have been treated worldwide by the CyberKnife System. More than half of those patients were treated with lesions or tumors outside of the brain and head.
Used in treatment planning for radiation oncology, 4D CT imaging tracks the movement of the tumor throughout the entire breathing cycle, as well as the movement of nearby organs. “Our advanced 4D CT technology allows us to target the tumor safely despite any motion due to breathing while maximizing the amount of healthy lung that is excluded from treatment,” says Nadim Nasr, MD, radiation oncologist. The image shows a CyberKnife® plan for treatment of a lung cancer in the left upper lobe.
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