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CyberKnife surgery, any experience?

My aunt was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor in her lung. Traditionally standard surgery is the traditional method, removing a lobe of the lung. Lots of chances for complications and huge recovery time. Lately cyberknife has become popular, basically a fancy name for very focused radiation (with in 1mm) at high intensity. Originally an option for those too weak for regular surgery and those who under no condition want traditional surgery. Some of the pro's: No recovery time, pain etc. no incisions. Only catch is that it is new so there are not many studies for 5+ year morality rates. Anyone have any experience with this or know someone who did it?

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Your best bet is to get opinions from multiple oncologists. Unfortunately, these days, many doctors use procedures that don't fix the issue all together (if possible), but keep patients coming back into the office for billing.

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Your best bet is to get opinions from multiple oncologists. Unfortunately, these days, many doctors use procedures that don't fix the issue all together (if possible), but keep patients coming back into the office for billing.
I agree with the first part of your post, but the second part? Seriously?

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Sorry about your aunts situation. Multiple opinions and detailed questions to the physicians is all I can suggest.

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I agree with the first part of your post, but the second part? Seriously?
Ooh yeah! You'll be surprised.

And I've discussed this with prominent doctors who've been practicing for 20-30+ years.

The medical field is not what it use to be. It's evolving into a recurring cash regenerating practice.

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every case is patient specific. my dad had no success with it but his situation was different.

minimally invasive alternative to surgery. but as u kno cancer is not curable by surgery. its not a matter of hacking it out, especially in the case of an organ like the lung. i would assume it would be used in combination with a systemic chemotherapy. and what it comes down to most with survival rates is luck. so i wish u and your aunt the best of luck. talk to a few different doctors and listen to your options. having a doctor u trust and are on the same page with is most important. someone who u feel gives you the patient specific care you need. not just a number.

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here are some CK studies...

My name is Catherine Bonetti and I work for Accuray, the manufacturer of the Cyberknife and TomoTherapy Systems. Here are a few papers that show long term follow-up:

Computer Aided Surgery, January 2011; 16(1): 1–10
Individualized higher dose of 70–75 Gy using five-fraction robotic
stereotactic radiotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer:
A feasibility study

Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys., Vol. -, No. -, pp. 1–6, 2009
STEREOTACTIC BODY RADIATION THERAPY FOR EARLY-STAGE
NON–SMALL-CELL LUNG CARCINOMA: FOUR-YEAR RESULTS OF A
PROSPECTIVE PHASE II STUDY (1.5-64.8 month follow-up)

ONCOLOGY REPORTS 21: 693-696, 2009
Treatment of stage I non-small cell lung cancer with CyberKnife,
image-guided robotic stereotactic radiosurgery

Please contact me if you need more resources or you can always research on PubMed as well. Do a google search.

Best wishes with your auntie,

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^^ Talk about convenience.

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i have seen some of the details of the tomotherapy machine and it seems to me( and i dont know squat) that they have an interesting angle on the technology, i would look into it further for sure
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