Why you shouldn’t put off screening and if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer the Cyberknife Center of Miami can help.

As 2020 comes to a close if you haven’t already, this is a good time for men to get checked for prostate cancer. 

The reason:  There’s a good chance you don’t have it, but if you do, the sooner you find out and get treated, the greater chance of being successfully treated and even cured.

Al Roker’s prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment

NBC’s beloved weatherman Al Roker announced to the world in November that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’s not alone. He’s one of nearly 192,000 American men who will be diagnosed with the disease this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Roker disclosed to his audience that he would have surgery to remove his prostate revealing that his cancer was aggressive.

“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker said to his Today audience according to its website. “Good news is we caught it early. Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.”

The Prostate Cancer Statistics

  • According to the American Cancer Society, currently one in nine men in the U.S. will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime. 
  • It strikes older men, African-American and Hispanic men more often. 
  • Six in 10 cases are diagnosed in men older than 65 with the average age of 66. 
  • Its rare in men under 40.
  • While 1-in-41 men will die from the disease, most men, who are diagnosed, will live.
  •  And more than 3.1 million men in the United States are alive today, thanks to early detection and better treatment options.

The Key:  Finding the right prostate cancer treatment quickly once diagnosed

While Roker and his doctors chose surgery, there are other options for prostate cancer treatment, which may be right for you depending on your diagnosis.

One treatment: Cyberknife Radiation Therapy.

That’s what Harold, a South Florida resident, chose and was treated at the CyberKnife Center of Miami

“I went straight to the CyberKnife Center of Miami and they took me in right away. I met with the team and they set up my treatment plan immediately,” he said. 

Harold adds, Im delighted we have CyberKnife technology to take care of prostate cancer so easily. I had a CyberKnife treatment on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and that should take care of it because the cancer is quite localized and my doctors felt that was the way to go.”

Prostate Cancer Treatment in Miami and near me

CyberKnife Miami is a state-of-the art cancer treatment center near you in South Florida. CyberKnife offers a safer, just as effective and faster noninvasive cancer treatment.

CyberKnife Miami’s Medical Director, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Mark Pomper explains:

 “Unlike any other radiation treatment, the CyberKnife System continually tracks the target and automatically adapts the radiation beam for movement of the prostate in real-time throughout the entire treatment session. With this automatic motion tracking and synchronization, the CyberKnife System enhances the ability to maximize the radiation dose delivered to the target, while minimizing dose to surrounding healthy tissues to reduce negative side-effects on urinary, bowel, and sexual function that can impact a patient’s quality of life.” 

Research shows Cyberknife is Safe and Effective for Prostate Cancer

Despite being called CyberKnife, this treatment isn’t a knife at all. 

It is innovative radiation technology also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). Its used to destroy tumors throughout the body with pinpoint accuracy, leaving surrounding healthy tissue unaffected. 

There is no cutting, incision, blood, anesthesia, pain, and little or no recovery time.

According to a 12-year study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in October, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), the kind of radiation used in CyberKnife treatments, has high rates of long-term cancer control with mild toxicity.

How Cyberknife Treatments Work at CyberKnife Miami

  • With CyberKnife SBRT, prostate cancer treatment typically requires 5 treatments over 10 days as compared to 42 treatments over several months with standard radiation therapy.
  •  Study results involving hundreds of patients validates its effectiveness for prostate cancer and found that 98 percent of patients followed for 12 years remained cancer-free throughout that time.
  • The CyberKnife was also shown to be minimally harmful, producing low levels of toxicity.
  • Preservation of sexual function remains the same for most patients after treatment. 

The positive quality of life outcomes, low side effects, and short duration of CyberKnife treatment are especially encouraging for men who have prostate cancer and are weighing their treatment options.

For prostate cancer treatment, CyberKnife is fast becoming the treatment of choice and is covered by the vast majority of insurance companies, plus Medicare and Medicaid.

At the CyberKnife Center of Miami, we have successfully treated hundreds of prostate cancer patients with excellent results. Hundreds of thousands more have been treated worldwide.

We are a compassionate team and care about you and your family. We walk you through your journey, side-by-side, every step of the way and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. 

We promise to get you in right away, explain everything, and treat your cancer as quickly as possible. Our goal is to get you back to your life – cancer free.

Our technology focuses on your cancer, and we focus on you.

Patients get prostate cancer treatment and get back to their lives

Just ask Harold about his experience at the Cyberknife Center of Miami: 

I didnt feel a thing during the CyberKnife treatment. We are living at an unbelievable time, the opportunities we have in medicine to treat things like prostate cancer is amazing.”

But what my wife and I loved the most is the incredible professionalism and responsiveness from everyone at CyberKnife Miami. From Dr. Pomper to Mario Tobon the Radiation Therapist, to Maria Borgen, the Scheduling Coordinator who set everything up for us. They made it all so easy. I havent seen anything like that in a long time. Everyone was so thorough and carried through on every little detail. Its quite the contrast from what you sometimes experience in the medical world today.”

There was not one thing that was negative or that I was nervous about at all. I want everyone to know about CyberKnife and the CyberKnife Center of Miami. Its such a positive experience.” 

Call the CyberKnife Center of Miami and talk to our cancer experts or for an appointment 305-279-2900 and go to our prostate cancer website now for more information.