What will life be like during my radiation treatment for prostate cancer?
What will it be like after treatment?
These are two of the biggest questions men are facing with their prostate cancer diagnosis. They are often afraid of unwanted side effects like urinary problems and sexual dysfunction. Plus, they are simply frightened by the word cancer itself.
It is all completely understandable and according to the American Cancer Society, more than 250,000 will face the diagnosis in 2021.
The experts at the CyberKnife Center of Miami want you to know exactly what you will expect from radiation using CyberKnife, a form of targeted radiation therapy.
Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer using CyberKnife
CyberKnife is cutting-edge radiation technology also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy or SBRT, according to the experts at CyberKnife Miami. It destroys prostate cancer with pinpoint accuracy leaving the surrounding healthy tissue virtually unharmed.
CyberKnife is an alternative radiation treatment for prostate cancer, with few, if any side effects.
Alternative Treatment for Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife
CyberKnife is not a knife at all. It is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art form of pin-pointed radiation therapy.
It destroys cancer and because of its accuracy, it reduces the risk of unwanted side effects caused by traditional treatments, like surgery, hormonal therapy, or other types of radiation therapy.
In fact, with CyberKnife, there are minimal side-effects, which may include tiredness, urinary and rectal irritation. Over-the-counter medications can help minimize these, and usually, the side effects subside in less than two weeks.
There is also a lower risk of toxicity than with traditional radiation.
The radiation from CyberKnife stays focused on the prostate. That means there is no risk of affecting the anus or testicles. There is also a lower chance of impotence and urinary incontinence, and sexual function remains the same for most patients after treatment.
- “The whole process was a piece of cake. I would lie down on the CyberKnife table for each thirty-minute treatment, relax and listen to my special music playlist. It is fascinating how a machine that makes no noise is so powerful. My side effects were minimal. After my fifth and final treatment, I had a little fatigue and urinary urgency that lasted maybe a day. Nothing bad enough to stop me from working or doing anything that I wanted to do. We would walk out of CyberKnife Miami and go to lunch while surgery patients, I know of, were dealing with pain, bleeding, and learning how to urinate again,” says Don, one of CyberKnife Miami’s patients.
- “I can’t believe anyone would choose anything other than CyberKnife. It was so easy. I did not feel a thing during or after treatment. Most times I just laid there, closed my eyes, and listened to the music. It has been nine years since my treatments, I am cancer-free and have no complaints. I wish more men knew about CyberKnife. Don’t just do what your doctor tells you, do your homework, learn all your treatment options,” says Joe, another one of CyberKnife Miami’s patients.
And if you’re curious for yourself, take a look at this time-lapse video showing Harold undergoing the CyberKnife procedure for prostate cancer.
According to Dr. Mark Pomper, CyberKnife Miami’s medical director and board-certified radiation oncologist: “Years of mounting research are proving CyberKnife to be the gold standard for treating prostate cancer and as more men learn about CyberKnife it is becoming the number one treatment of choice.”
CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Near Me: Miami, Broward, and the Palm Beaches
At the CyberKnife Center of Miami, we have treated hundreds of prostate cancer patients in the South Florida area with excellent results.
We have treated patients from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Plus, patients come to us from the Caribbean and other parts of the world where CyberKnife technology is not yet available.
If you would like to find out more about prostate cancer treatment with CyberKnife, call us at 305-279-2900 or go to our prostate cancer website now for more information www.prostatecancertreatmentmiami.com.