Why is the CyberKnife the best option for your pet’s cancer treatment?
CyberKnife, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is a non-invasive way to deliver radiation to tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy, enabling treatment with greater precision than traditional linear accelerators and IMRT machines. It utilizes a robotic arm to deliver the entire therapeutic dose to an animal in 1-3 treatments, compared to conventional radiation therapy, which can employ up to 20 treatments. The robotic arm allows movement around the animal in order to target a tumor and spare normal surrounding tissue. This decreases treatment time, but also decreases side effects to an almost unrecognizable level. This technology also allows us to treat tumors, such as lung or liver tumors, that haven’t historically been treated with radiation. The end result is a more precise treatment, a significantly reduced number of anesthetic episodes, fewer visits to the hospital and a better quality of life for our patients and clients.