Side Effects

Potential side effects of CyberKnife® treatment for liver cancer

Most radiation side effects are minimal and last only a short time. Side effects can, however, be severe. Possible side effects include, but are not limited to:

Managing side effects with your medical team

Prior to beginning CyberKnife treatment, your medical team will discuss all possible side effects and may prescribe medication to control any side effects, should they occur.

Protecting healthy tissue — protecting quality of life.

Despite the higher dose rate associated with SBRT, multiple studies have validated that CyberKnife SBRT is well tolerated with minimal side effects. Unlike any other radiation treatment, the CyberKnife System continually tracks the target and automatically corrects the radiation beam for movement of the tumor in real-time through the entire treatment session. With this automatic motion tracking and synchronization, the CyberKnife System enhances your treatment team’s ability to maximize the radiation dose delivered to the tumor — while minimizing dose to surrounding healthy tissues — which can help preserve liver function and reduce the risk of side-effects that can impact quality of life both during and after treatment. The majority of patients can continue normal activity during and immediately following treatment.

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