“After watching my two brothers suffer tough side effects following prostate cancer surgery, I didn’t want to risk it happening to me,” says Antonio Sabatier, a patient at the CyberKnife Center of Miami. Antonio knew he wanted an alternative prostate cancer treatment that would kill the cancer but not destroy his quality of life. That’s why he turned to CyberKnife. CyberKnife is at the forefront of radiation technology for prostate cancer. It can kill prostate tumors with precision while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue alone.
“I chose non-invasive CyberKnife radiation therapy. I had five treatments over 10 days at the CyberKnife Center of Miami. The biggest surprise is how easy it was, easier than I ever thought possible. I had no bad side effects and went right back to work after each session, which only took about 20 minutes,” he explained.
CyberKnife vs. Radiation 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. The team at CyberKnife Miami are considered to be top experts in the region when it comes to using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy or SBRT, one type of external radiation. That’s because they have done so many CyberKnife treatments, over a long period of time, 20 plus years. CyberKnife uses high-tech, robotic, and image-guided technology to deliver large doses of radiation to a very precise area where the cancer is located.
Here are the CyberKnife Advantages:
■ It has a 97% cure rate for prostate cancer.
■ It can be done in five radiation therapy sessions over 10 days compared to 42 to 45 over three months with other types of radiation treatments.
■ It’s noninvasive.
■ There is no need for anesthesia or cutting.
■ It’s done on an outpatient basis.
■ It has none of the risks that come with surgery including infection, bleeding, and downtime.
■ The radiation targets and destroys only the tumor, so there’s less risk of side effects including impotence and incontinence, and little risk of sterility.
■ Men can go on to have children. that is a great gift for younger men and those wanting to start a family later in life, or a second family.
“Sterility is not a problem for men having CyberKnife therapy,” says CyberKnife Miami’s medical director, board-certified radiation oncologist, Dr. Mark Pomper. “However, it is a big problem for men undergoing standard radiation therapy and surgery for prostate cancer. They are advised to bank sperm if they want to have children in the future.”
Listen as Dr. Pomper explains the risks of sterility during a short interview with health specialist Marilyn Mitzel.
CyberKnife Therapy for Prostate Cancer
“There’s a general thought among surgeons that surgery is better for men under age 60 because radiation’s long-term effects may cause problems years later, like incontinence, impotence or sterility, but that’s not what research is proving when it comes to CyberKnife radiation therapy,” adds Dr. Pomper.
The side effects of traditional treatments, like surgery, can be life-altering, according to The Prostate Cancer Foundation. The cancer and the traditional treatments can drastically affect a patient’s lifestyle. They can interfere with urinary, bowel and sexual function.
“Surgery has long-term effects too. CyberKnife has few side effects. Its pinpoint radiation beams hit only the tumor, so we can give a much higher dose with a lot fewer treatments, leaving healthy surrounding tissue unharmed. There’s over 20 years of published studies supporting the effectiveness and safety of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer,” Dr. Pomper continues.
With CyberKnife, because of its precision, there are minimal side effects, which may include tiredness and urinary and rectal irritation. Over-the-counter medication can help minimize these, and they usually go away in a few weeks.
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“Years of mounting research is 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,” Pomper says.
“If your doctor tells you, it’s not for you, go to a CyberKnife Center and get a second opinion. Maybe it’s not the best treatment for you, but most of the time it is. CyberKnife is the most effective, safest and quickest way to treat prostate cancer so you can put it behind you and get on with your life,” he says.
At the CyberKnife Center of Miami, we have treated hundreds of prostate cancer patients with excellent results. Our goal is to partner with you through your entire treatment journey, making the process as effective, safe, easy, and quick as possible.
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.