The Connecticut CyberKnife® Center at Saint Francis welcomes patients from throughout New England and beyond. Because CyberKnife treatment is quick, generally easy to tolerate, and requires no hospital stay, most patients find it easy to travel to Hartford for treatment.
How long should you plan to stay?
The initial consultation with the radiation oncologist, a surgeon and other physicians usually lasts about one hour.
Please bring a list of your medications to this appointment.
Call our CyberKnife Coordinator at (860) 714-4764 to make an appointment.
If you decide to move ahead, you can expect to make one or two more visits to the Connecticut CyberKnife Center at Saint Francis, depending on the type and location of your cancer, so that doctors can accurately plan and prepare for your treatment. Depending on where you live, these visits should require only a day trip.
Once your treatment begins, CyberKnife treatments are delivered in one to five sessions, within seven to 10 days, depending upon your situation. Treatment sessions last from 30-120 minutes. Your CyberKnife coordinator will help to work out a schedule that allows you to plan for your stay during treatment.
You will find more details about what to expect during your CyberKnife treatment on the CyberKnife home page.
What to bring
The CyberKnife coordinator will specify the records and materials you will need to bring with you, which may include the following:
Please plan to carry a copy of your medical reports from any physicians you have consulted about your condition prior to seeking CyberKnife treatment.
Please bring a copy of all pathology reports to your appointment.
Please make sure to bring the films and/or CD ROMs of the diagnostic testing (CAT scan, MRI, PET scan, ultrasound, mammogram, X-ray, etc.) relevant to your diagnosis so that you are able to show these to the physician during your first visit.
Planning your visit
There are a number of hotels in Hartford and surrounding towns, some of which offer special rates to Saint Francis patients. You may also ask your CyberKnife coordinator for assistance in finding lodging.
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While you are here…
Hartford and its surrounding towns offer many wonderful restaurants, shops, parks and cultural attractions. Hartford’s renowned Elizabeth Park, with its 102 acres of pathways, greenhouses and famous rose gardens, is practically walking distance from Saint Francis Hospital’s front door. To find things to do and places to eat while you are here, click here