Radiation Oncology Services

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What is CyberKnife® M6™?

This is the first system of its kind in western Pennsylvania available to treat cancerous and benign tumors anywhere in the body. This provides a good treatment option for patients who may not be eligible for traditional surgery.

Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside is recognized as one of the top treatment centers in the United States for the overall use of this machine.

What is it?

This machine is a lightweight linear accelerator that is mounted to a robotic arm. It kills tumors by:

The constant adjustment allows the machine to compensate for small movements during treatments, providing maximum precision and sparing surrounding, healthy tissue.

CyberKnife M6 features the InCise™ Multileaf Collimator, which allows for even more precise delivery of radiation by shaping radiation to the form of the tumor. With this technology, treatment time is cut in half, from about 58 minutes to 33 minutes. In addition, the multileaf collimator allows more lesions to be treated in one sitting, possibly decreasing the number of treatments patients have to endure.

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

Available treatments on this machine include:

Benefits of CyberKnife M6 treatment

Benefits of treatment on the CyberKnife M6 include:

What can I expect during treatment?

Watch patient videos to see what to expect during treatment and to learn more about CyberKnife M6 treatments.