Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® are two different technologies used to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery, a type of treatment that uses precise beams of radiation to destroy tumors of the brain, head, and neck, and to treat other neurological disorders.
At The Valley Gamma Knife Center, we are frequently asked: What is the difference between the two and why has Valley chosen to acquire Gamma Knife instead of CyberKnife?
The answer lies in considering the areas of focus for which we are using Gamma Knife: specifically the brain. Although both technologies are state-of-the-art, Gamma Knife is considered the “gold standard” all over the world for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and illnesses of the brain. Over the past 40 years – during which time Gamma Knife technology has been refined and repeatedly improved – more than 600,000 people all over the world have undergone Gamma Knife treatment. Its success has been documented in 3,000 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, which have demonstrated the Gamma Knife’s effectiveness, safety, and benefits to patients.
Our Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ system, the latest generation Gamma Knife and the most advanced on the market today, offers patients these benefits:
Bloodless, painless, incision-free stereotactic radiosurgery
Fast, precise treatment of one or more sites within one session
Can be used to re-treat areas of the brain in the future
Ideal for hard-to-treat tumors or for patients who cannot undergo neurosurgery
Does not require anesthesia nor an overnight hospital stay and a return to normal activities usually within 24 hours
192 beams of highly focused radiation, which converge to target the tumor and spare healthy, surrounding tissue
Elekta, the leading innovator of technology used to treat brain cancer, has provided a few important reasons why the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ system is the most advanced technology available today. As the latest generation Gamma Knife, these are the reasons why we chose the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ system over CyberKnife:
Our Highly Skilled Team
Our Gamma Knife technology is only as good as the radiation oncology team who uses it. Our team has used the Gamma Knife for more than 10 years to treat patients who come to us from all over the metropolitan New Jersey-New York area. Simply stated, the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon is the “fastest, most accurate technology on Earth for treating brain tumors and multiple metastases,” says Gamma Knife Center Co-Director Anthony D’Ambrosio, M.D.
A Full Gamut of Radiation Therapy Options
In addition to our state-of-the-art Gamma Knife technology, the Radiation Oncology Department at The Valley Hospital’s Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center provides the following modalities for radiation therapy:
- TomoTherapy Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
- External Beam Radiation Therapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spine, Lung, Prostate and Other Cancers
- 3-D CT Simulation and Treatment Planning
- Remote Afterloading High Dose Rate Brachyy Therapy
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy