Why is the new generation Cyberknife M6 one of the most efficient devices in radiation oncology?
Cyberknife M6 uses extremely sensitive robotic technology for treating tumours. The robot works along six various axes by transmitting radiation from various angles, thus achieving distribution of the perfect dose of radiation in tumours located near important body organs.
The Cyberknife M6 system is monitoring the tumour location on a computer and the radiation is delivered to the necessary areas with high degree of sensitivity. The system adjusts itself depending on the patient. This is very important for applications in the cranial area- patient is protected by putting on a small plastic mask instead of robust frameworks.
The new moving target software is much better than the old version. Tumours are destroyed directly, while radiation directly attacks tumour DNA in every area of the body - brain, spine, head and neck, lungs, pancreas, liver, adrenal glands and prostate
One of the most important aspects of the Cyberknife M6 System is breathing monitoring. Tumors located on the chest and abdomen (e.g., lungs, liver, pancreas, adrenal glands, etc.) move with respiration activity. Focusing radiation therapy on moving lesions is quite difficult. Conventional radiation therapy employs rigid devices to fix the patient or requires patients to hold their breath, or to treat larger areas that cover changes in the location due to breathing. None of these things is necessary when using M6 Cyberknife. The robot copies patient's breathing, it breathes in and out with the patient, and targets the tumour during the session.
The new generation of Cyberknife M6 is more comfortable for patients. Its major advantage is the shorter treatment time. The average duration of each session depends on of the treated area, its proximity to critical structures and the total dose of radiation, but it ranges from 15 to 30 minutes. This is a significant advancement compared to the old system with sessions lasting from 30 up to 90 minutes. The treatment usually takes one week. This is very useful for patients who live abroad because they can come, get treatment and get back home in a short period.