Tips for Family and Friends

Hearing that a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer is a terrifying moment. You want to do all you can to help them fight their disease and resume a normal, healthy lifestyle with as little downtime and discomfort as possible.


The good news is that some patients now have the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System as a treatment option. As the CyberKnife System destroys tumors non-invasively without cutting into the body, patients can typically be treated in 1-5 sessions, in up to 90 minutes a day, and quickly resume their normal, daily activities.


Unlike other treatment options which can cause hair loss, overnight hospital stays and painful recoveries, CyberKnife treatments are quick, effective and painless. Side effects vary from patient to patient and may include nausea and fatigue, but most patients experience little to no side effects that often go away within the first week or two after treatment.


What can you do to help? 

  1. Gather as much research as you can on different treatment options. Helping your loved one choose the option that’s right for them will lighten their emotional burden.
  2. Offer to drive and/or accompany your friend or family member to their appointments and treatments.
  3. Be supportive and lend a listening ear. While CyberKnife treatments are painless, the knowledge of having cancer is always unnerving.
  4. Offering to help as needed when your loved one is being treated will help ease the overall experience, regardless of their treatment choice.


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