Some encouraging news about prostate cancer: Even though an estimated 175,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, the death rate due to the disease has dropped by more than half from 1993 to 2016. That’s because advancements in prostate cancer care – along with greater awareness and earlier detection are providing patients with more effective treatment.
In recent years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved new anti-androgen medications that stop cancer tumors from growing by lowering testosterone levels, thus depriving prostate cancer cells the fuel they need to thrive. Combining androgen deprivation therapy with radiation therapy is an effective one-two punch against the disease, especially among men with recurrent prostate cancer.
Radiation Treatment Using CyberKnife®
Traditional radiation therapy for prostate cancer can be a drawn-out and physically exhausting process, requiring months of treatment with many side effects. Besides its many side effects, including fatigue, nausea, skin irritation, incontinence, impotence, loss of sex drive and more, conventional radiotherapy can damage healthy tissue and organs that surround the prostate tumor.
This is why an increasing number of prostate cancer patients are turning to the revolutionary CyberKnife® system for their radiation therapy. Despite its name, CyberKnife is not a knife at all. It’s a painless and non-invasive form of treatment that uses advanced, image-guided robotic technology to deliver high doses of concentrated radiation to tumors and lesions with unprecedented accuracy. In fact, CyberKnife is so precise that it automatically adjusts to the slightest movements – such as a patient’s natural breathing – to keep its radiation beam locked on target, thus effectively destroying cancer cells without harming other nearby tissue or organs.
Because CyberKnife delivers such a high concentration of radiation, you only 5, approximately one-hour sessions – completed in 10 days – to finish your therapy, compared to the 42 or more radiation sessions required with traditional radiation therapy.
The CyberKnife procedure is a painless experience. You simply lie down on the CyberKnife table, fully dressed, and let the system do its work. You can even listen to music during treatment and take a nap. And there is no downtime with CyberKnife. Once the session is over, you can resume your normal activities with minimal, if any, side effects.
Although CyberKnife technology has been available for the last 30 years, during which time it has helped restore the health of thousands of cancer patients around the world, it is still regarded as the most advanced radiation therapy available. It has an even higher rate of success when combined with other forms of cancer treatment.
Taking Your Prostate Cancer Treatment to the Next Level
Thanks to the state-of-the-art CyberKnife system – also referred to as The Beam of Life – the task of undergoing effective treatment for prostate and other cancers is simpler and more convenient than outdated traditional radiation therapy.
CyberKnife in Miami, Florida
To learn more about this game-changing treatment option and how it can help you or a loved one, contact the CyberKnife Center of Miami today by calling (305) 279-2900 and schedule a private consultation. Go to our websiteOr use our online