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What are complications and side effects associated with CyberKnife radiosurgery?

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Side effects of CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery include nausea, fatigue, headache, swelling at the treatment site and skin reddening, according to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. These complications are usually mild and occur within the region that receives treatment.

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Side effects and complications are less severe and less prevalent than those of other radiological treatments for cancer and lesions, notes Mercy Medical Center. Headaches, nausea and fatigue may be the result of lack of sleep from the night before due to nervousness about the procedure. Skin reddening may occur due to the mesh covering used during treatment. More than 35,000 people have received CyberKnife treatments since the procedure's inception. As of 2015, no one has reportedly died due to the direct effects of this radiological treatment.

A patient may return to normal activities later in the day, but someone else should drive the patient home as a precaution, says Christiana Care Health System. Fatigue represents the most common side effect of the procedure.

Treatment normally lasts one to five days, according to the official CyberKnife website. This radiosurgery device delivers targeted bursts of radiation with extreme accuracy to the affected area of the body and limits damage to the surrounding tissue. CyberKnife gained FDA approval to treat any part of the human body in 2001, two years after earning approval to treat the head, neck and upper spine.

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