What is robotic radiosurgery and where it is used?

Robotic radiosurgery is a non-invasive treatment method for malignant and benign tumours and some other conditions. Treatment performed with the latest and specially dedicated robotic radiosurgery system - Cyberknife M6. Small linear accelerator produces high energy photon beams (similar to x-rays) to perform treatment with extremely high precision. It is used to treat tumors throughout the body, including prostate, lung, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidney cancers. It is one of the radical treatment methods which often can be an alternative to surgery.

The Cyberknife robot moves around the patient, approaching the tumor from thousands of unique angles, significantly expanding the possible positions to concentrate radiation to the tumour while minimizing dose to surrounding healthy tissue.

CyberKnife treatments are typically performed in 1 to 5 sessions.

How robotic radiosurgery procedure is organized?

  1. You have to apply for consultation to our radiation oncologist Dr. Maris Mezeckis by sending request for consultation and uploading your medical data throw file exchange server;

  2. We will help you upload your medical data, if necessary. We can help you to request your medical data from medical institution where investigation has been performed, too;

  3. Our radiation oncologist Dr.Maris Mezeckis reviews your medical data and arranges video consultation (online) or in presence.

  4. During consultation all possible treatment alternatives are reviewed. If radiosurgery is most appropriate treatment method and your accept it as alternative you would like to receive, we forward your information to Sigulda Radiosurgery Center where treatment is performed for starting preparation for treatment. If radiosurgery is not most appropriate treatment method we will advice other solution and will organize further consultations and treatment wherever it can be performed;

  5. CT and often also new MRI examination is done to ensure exact tumor location. Treatment volume and organs at risk are outlined by radiation oncologist;

  6. Physicists prepare treatment plan, calculates treatment parameters and measure treatment plan on phantoms;

  7. Treatment plan is reviewed with patient and treatment can be started.

Things you should know about robotic radiosurgery:

  • patient feels no pain during procedure;

  • procedure cause no radioactivity during treatment and after that;

  • usually patient can leave hospital after procedure.