There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to prostate cancer treatment options. Your doctor may refer one type of treatment plan, but getting a second opinion can help you find a better solution. Get all the facts before you make your decision. You may find that there are better prostate cancer treatment options available to you.
Fact: There Are Several Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
Doctors use surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy to treat and cure the cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Sometimes they use a combination of therapies. It depends on the stage and type of the cancer and the overall health of the patient.
That’s why it’s important to do research, talk to your doctor and perhaps most importantly, get a second opinion.
That’s where the experts at CyberKnife Center of Miami can help. We are the experts in radiation therapy for prostate cancer in South Florida.
Fact: Radiation is an Alternative Treatment for Prostate Cancer
The two main types of radiation therapy used for prostate cancer are external beam radiation and internal radiation, according to the American Cancer Society.
CyberKnife Miami is the region’s expert in Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), one type of external radiation.
This therapy uses high-tech, image-guided techniques to deliver larger doses of radiation to a very precise area where the cancer is.
Yes, there are larger doses of radiation. But that shouldn’t scare you. It just means treatment lasts only a few days as opposed to longer treatment times with other forms of radiation.
In this video, Dr. Mark Pomper, radiation oncologist and medical director of CyberKnife Miami explains how CyberKnife is improving the lives of prostate cancer patients. In fact, Pomper says CyberKnife Miami has a 97-percent cure rate for prostate cancer.
“CyberKnife for prostate cancer has been around for decades. But it’s still a game-changer in terms of treatment,” says Dr. Pomper. “We often have patients tell us that they wish they came to us sooner because after our consultation they can see the benefits of SBRT and CyberKnife.”
Fact: There are Benefits of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer
The radiation from Cyberknife stays focused on the tumor with less risk of affecting nearby vital structures.
According to the maker of CyberKnife benefits include:
- Excellent long-term cancer control
- Fewer treatments over a shorter time frame. (Four to five treatments over one to two weeks.)
- Lower incidence of sexual, urinary and bowel function side effects
- Patients continue normal activities during treatment
Side effects of CyberKnife may include tiredness and urinary and rectal irritation. Medication can help minimize these, and they usually go away in a few weeks. And there’s no risk of infection like there is with surgery.
There is also a lower risk of toxicity than with traditional radiation.
Fact: The Risk of Long-Term Complications with Radiation is Low
In fact, that risk is less than five percent, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. And the risks of getting a second cancer from the radiation used for prostate cancer are less than one percent.
Fact: Cyberknife Has Been Used Worldwide To Successfully Treat Hundreds Of Thousands Of Cases Of Prostate Cancer
When it comes to choosing a treatment center, you want to choose a center like CyberKnife Miami with a proven track record of success.
At the CyberKnife Center of Miami, we have treated thousands of prostate cancer patients in the South Florida area with excellent results.
We treat patients from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties.
If you would like to find out more about prostate cancer treatment with CyberKnife, call us now at 305-279-2900 or go to our prostate cancer website now for more information www.prostatecancertreatmentmiami.com.