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What is CyberKnife® M6™ Radiosurgery Cancer Treatment?

CyberKnife M6 is the first system of its kind in western Pennsylvania to treat cancerous and benign tumors anywhere in the body.

It's a good treatment option for people who may not be eligible for traditional surgery.

How Does CyberKnife M6 Treat Tumors?

CyberKnife uses a lightweight linear accelerator mounted to a robotic arm.

It kills tumors by:

  • CyberKnife treatment facility at UPMC ShadysideUsing x-ray images, taken during treatment, to confirm the position of your tumor.
  • Bringing the radiation beam into perfect alignment with your tumor.
  • Aiming each beam independently to precisely deliver high doses of conformal ablative radiation.

When your tumor moves — due to normal breathing or coughing — the CyberKnife M6 detects the change. Right away, it corrects for the change by bringing the radiation beam into alignment again with your tumor.

The constant adjustment allows the machine to compensate for small movements during treatments. This means your tumor receives max amounts of radiation while sparing surrounding, healthy tissue.

CyberKnife M6 with the InCise™ Multileaf Collimator

CyberKnife M6 features the InCise™ Multileaf Collimator, which UPMC was first in the world to use clinically.

The multileaf collimator technology:

  • Allows for even more precise treatment by shaping radiation to the form of the tumor.
  • Lets us target larger and more irregularly shaped tumors once considered untreatable.
  • Allows us to treat a higher number of tumors in one sitting, possibly lowering the number of treatments patients have to endure.
  • Cuts treatment time in half — from about 58 minutes to 33 minutes.

Types of Cancer We Treat with the CyberKnife M6

The CyberKnife M6 system treats the following cancers and other benign tumors:

  • Spine cancer
    • Meningiomas
    • Neurofibromas
    • Schwannomas
    • Vascular malformations

The CyberKnife M6 also treats oligometastasis (cancer that has spread, but remains confined to one organ) and all kinds of recurrent and inoperable tumors.

Radiation Treatment Options Using the CyberKnife M6

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center is one of the top treatment facilities in the United States for the overall use of CyberKnife M6.

Radiation treatments using the CyberKnife M6 include:

Benefits of CyberKnife M6 Treatment

Benefits of treatment on the CyberKnife M6 include:

  • No need to wear a facemask or body device to reduce movement.
  • No need for anesthesia or hospitalization.
  • Little to no recovery time after treatment.
  • Shorter treatment times.
  • Faster return to normal activities.

CyberKnife M6 Treatment: What to Expect

Watch patient videos below to see what to expect during CyberKnife M6 treatments.

Contact Us About Radiosurgery at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

To learn more about CyberKnife M6 or other radiation oncology treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, please call us at 412-647-2811.