Resources For Family and Friends

Resources

For Family & Friends

Hearing that a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer is a terrifying moment. You want to do all you can to help them fight their disease and resume a normal, healthy lifestyle with as little downtime and discomfort as possible.The good news is that the CyberKnife® System is an effective treatment option for some patients.

CyberKnife treatments are quick, effective, and usually painless. The non-invasive CyberKnife treatments typically last less than 90 minutes each and most patients typically require no more than 1-5 sessions. Because the treatment course is short with minimal side-effects for most patients, CyberKnife can enable patients to quickly resume their normal daily activities.

Side effects vary from patient to patient and may include nausea and fatigue. However, most patients experience little to no side effects, and, when side effects do occur, they often go away within the first week or two after treatment. As with any radiation treatment, the side effects can also be severe in some patients and lead to permanent injury or even death.

What Can You Do to Help?

  • Gather as much research as you can on different treatment options. To help your loved one choose the option that’s right for them, be supportive and lend a listening ear. Take notes. It's helpful to the cancer patient to have another set of eyes and ears, so to speak.
  • Offer to drive and/or accompany your friend or family member to their appointments and treatments. While they may feel fine, accompanying them to treatment can be an important emotional support.
  • Your support will make the overall experience better, regardless of their treatment choice.
  • Talk to your doctor about what side effects may be expected based on treatment choice and the patient’s health.