A recurrence occurs when cancer comes back in the same area after being previously treated. This can happen when the first treatment fails to completely remove or destroy all of the cancer cells.
When evaluating treatment options, your doctor will consider the type, location and size of the recurrent cancer, as well as your overall health. Additional considerations include the type of treatment you originally received, how the cancer responded to treatment, the side effects from the original treatment, and the amount of time that has passed since treatment for the primary cancer ended.
While treatment planning for a recurrent cancer is similar to the process for a primary cancer, your physician team may recommend a different retreatment technique than used previously. For many patients, maintaining their quality of life is a key concern when cancer comes back.
Reno CyberKnife uses CyberKnife® technology to treat recurrent cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a specialized form of radiation therapy that delivers precisely targeted, high-dose radiation to tumors throughout the body in five or fewer procedures. For patients who experience a cancer recurrence in an area previously treated with maximum allowed radiation doses, CyberKnife SBRT provides an important alternative.
At Reno CyberKnife, relieving symptoms and side effects are an important part of your cancer care and treatment. Contact our center here to find out more about CyberKnife SBRT for recurrent cancer.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.