CyberKnife vs Traditional Radiation Therapy For Prostate Cancer: What’s the Difference?

by | Feb 27, 2020 | CyberKnife Center of Miami, CyberKnife For Prostate Cancer

CyberKnife is the gold standard and most advanced radiation therapy system available to patients today, whether that’s to treat Prostate Cancer or any other type of tumor. CyberKnife is also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and is used to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors almost anywhere in the body, plus nerve disorders like Trigeminal Neuralgia.

The CyberKnife system is capable of delivering the highest dose possible of radiation with extreme pin-point accuracy using image-guided technology to target only the tumor, destroying it while at the same time leaving surrounding healthy tissue and organs unharmed. Other types of radiation are not as powerful as the CyberKnife, so these require about 42 treatments that take 3 months to complete, causing a major disruption to patients’ lives.

CyberKnife requires only 5 treatments, so you’re done in 2 weeks.

Now, while it’s called CyberKnife, it’s not a knife at all. Its a form of external beam radiation therapy, which is noninvasive and nonsurgical.

Because the CyberKnife shoots hundreds of radiation beams with pinpoint accuracy from all different angles at the highest dose possible, it destroys tumors quickly with a high success and 95% cure rate when the disease is treated early.

Since there is no incision or surgery, most patients feel no pain and do not require any recovery time. Theres also no need for costly anesthesia or hospital stays. As soon as treatment is over, patients get up off the CyberKnife table and return to their daily lives.

How do Traditional Treatments Compare?

Surgery, chemotherapy and other forms of radiation therapy require significantly longer treatment periods and recovery time. Plus the cost of hospitalization, anesthesia and pain medicine after treatment can be hefty.

Who is a Candidate for CyberKnife?

While CyberKnife is not the right option for everyone, it is 90% of the time and should be considered the first line of treatment for early-stage prostate cancer.

Educate yourself on all treatment options and talk to your doctors about which is best for your particular needs. For cancers that have spread to nearby tissues, CyberKnife may be combined with surgery, hormone and/or chemotherapy.

Its also very helpful in advanced or recurrent cases to slow the progression of the disease. If you have previously had treatment with CyberKnife, your doctor may recommend additional therapies based on your age, health condition, stage or grade of cancer.

The good news is cancer patients have multiple options for successfully treating cancer and CyberKnife is one of them. The CyberKnife was designed to provide precise and speedy treatment for cancer with as little impact on your life as possible.

Call our Prostate Cancer experts at CyberKnife Miami to see if you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art treatment and go to our website to learn more now: (800) 204-0455