Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
• About 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer
• About 29,430 deaths from prostate cancer
• About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the semen that transports sperm. Prostate cancer generally occurs when the cells in the prostate gland grow abnormally or out of control. It is one of the most prevalent cancers in men and it develops mainly in older men and in African-American men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older and is rare before age 40.
Prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing cancer and in its early stages it is confined to the prostate gland where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types of prostate cancer are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer may not present with any symptoms in its early stages and prostate cancer can have the same type of symptoms shared by non-cancerous conditions. Therefore, it is very important to have a doctor determine the source of the problem for men who are experiencing changes in their urinary functions.
Screening tests can identify most prostate cancers before symptoms develop and many forms of prostate cancer can be successfully treated if detected early. When prostate cancer is detected early, there is a much better chance of successful treatment.
Prostate cancer symptoms may include:
• Problems with urination (most common)
• A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
• Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
• A weak or interrupted urinary stream
• Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
• Inability to urinate standing up
• A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
• Blood in urine or semen
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are several types of treatments available to you, so it is important to know your options. CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery is the most advanced radiosurgery technique available for the treatment of prostate cancer and has proven to be a highly successful treatment for prostate cancer. In fact, recent studies have shown that 10 years post treatment, there is a 98% success rate for low-risk prostate cancer with CyberKnife. Treatment with the CyberKnife is non- invasive and it reduces some or all of the more common side effects of traditional prostate cancer treatments. With CyberKnife, you have 5 treatments over 10 days as compared to standard radiation which is 42 treatments over several months or prostatectomy, surgical removal of the prostate, which requires a catheter for 2 weeks, a long recuperation period, potential incontinence, and/or erectile dysfunction.
At CyberKnife Center of Miami we have successfully treated hundreds of prostate cancer patients. We invite you to visit our Patient Success Stories page to learn more about our happy patients and their positive experiences with CyberKnife Radiosurgery.
For more information about CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our cancer experts at 305-279-2900 or visit us a www.prostatecancertreatmentmiami.com.