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CyberKnife offers ‘whole body’ options for radiosurgery

CyberKnife’s predecessor technology, known as GammaKnife, is limited to brain and neck cancers and requires an uncomfortable frame, held on with skull pins, to steady a patient’s head.  CyberKnife offers the same precision, but a computerized guidance system eliminates the head frame and keeps the radiation beam on the tumor even as patients breathe or move slightly during treatments, which can last several hours.  CyberKnife’s applications extend beyond the head and neck to tumors of the lung, pancreas, liver and spine, giving cancer patients who cannot tolerate surgery access to unprecedented accuracy in the delivery of radiation therapy.  

CyberKnife radiosurgery is part of the Sentara Cancer Network which provides a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.  With multiple locations, the Sentara Cancer Network is a diverse team of specialists and cutting-edge technology, offering patients and their families’ access to the latest in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. 

For more information about CyberKnife® at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, call 757-388-2061 or visit

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