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CyberKnife® radiosurgery is a safe, noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment – which delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy – offers new hope to patients worldwide.

The staff at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center) in Livingston, NJ will work with your insurance providers to have CyberKnife® radiosurgery covered, if it is determined that you are an eligible candidate for treatment.

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Treat Cancer in Five Days

Unlike traditional radiosurgery, CyberKnife®’s cutting-edge technology can track tumors in real time with continual image guidance, adjusting for breathing and correcting for movement. As a result, CyberKnife® precisely delivers radiation to the tumor, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

Prior to CyberKnife®, a high-resolution CT scan is used to determine the size, shape and location of the tumor. This image data is transferred to the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, where the radiation oncologist precisely plans treatment to match the desired radiation dose to the exact tumor location.

CyberKnife®’s robotic arm delivers high-dose radiation beams in an arrangement of unique angles, rotating around the patient while he or she lays comfortably on a treatment bed. The tracking technology and beam delivery system work together to pinpoint the exact target or tumor, helping to ensure a high success rate.

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Benefits of CyberKnife® Radiation

CyberKnife® radiation treatment offers the following benefits:cyberknife treatment areas

  • Safe
  • Painless
  • No scalpels or incisions
  • No down time or recovery
  • Zero or minimal side effects
  • Reduced treatment time of one to five visits, compared to 30-40 visits with conventional radiation therapy
  • Access to tumors in difficult-to-reach locations
  • Can be used to re-treat a reoccurring tumor
  • Performed on an outpatient basis
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Comfortable, fast and flexible

Conditions Treated by CyberKnife® Radiation

  • Brain tumors, including
    • Intracranial and extracranial tumors and lesions
    • Schwannomas
    • Acoustic neuromas
    • Meningiomas
    • Pituitary adenomas
    • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Liver or hepatic cancer
  • Kidney or renal cancer
  • Spine cancer and spinal cord tumors
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Benign tumors
  • Malignant tumors (primary and metastases)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

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Patient Stories

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