LUNG CANCER

Side Effects

Potential side effects of CyberKnife® treatment for lung cancer

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

  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Cough
  • Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
  • Radiation pneumonitis
  • Radiation fibrosis
  • Complications (such as pneumothorax) resulting from fiducial marker insertion
  • Exposure to airways and/or nearby tissue

Ask your doctor for more details about potential side effects associated with your specific radiation therapy treatment.

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 throughout 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 target — while minimizing dose to surrounding healthy tissues to reduce 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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