1. Initial consultation: During your consultation, the procedure and its risks and benefits will be explained in detail.
2. Fiducial placement: Fiducials are small (1 mm in diameter, approximately 5 mm long), cylindrical markers implanted into soft tissues in or near the tumor (lesion) for the purpose of accurately guiding the CyberKnife radiation beams.
3. CT scan: Your MedStar medical team will use a CT scan to identify the exact size, shape, and location of the tumor and the healthy surrounding tissues to avoid.
4. Tumor mapping: Your MedStar CyberKnife team will review your CT scan in great detail and plan your treatment.
5. Treatment: CyberKnife treatment may be given one to five times, depending on individual needs.
6. Side effects: Possible side effects vary, and will be discussed during your consultation. Fatigue may occur a few days after treatment, and generally improves within two to three weeks; if needed, your doctor will prescribe medication to help.
7. Follow-up: Follow-up visits are scheduled after treatment is complete. Your team will perform follow-up imaging to monitor the tumor's treatment response. You'll meet with doctors to discuss these image results and answer any questions or concerns you may have.