For men diagnosed with prostate cancer, the path to the right treatment isn’t always a straight line. Sometimes there are twists and turns or even detours. But it’s important for a man facing prostate cancer to find the best, medically appropriate, treatment for him.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, doctors use several traditional treatments for prostate cancer depending on the age of the man diagnosed, his general health and the stage of the cancer. Treatment can include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, or traditional radiation.
Sometimes doctors may recommend a combination of treatments. But there are alternatives to traditional treatments with proven track records for curing the cancer in clinical trials.
CyberKnife: Alternative Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer
The experts at the CyberKnife Center of Miami, use one alternative form of radiation.
We treat prostate and other cancers with a state-of-the-art form of radiation called Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy or SBRT.
We think prostate cancer patients should do their own homework and get a second opinion when they’re deciding on a treatment option.
That’s what Joe, one of CyberKnife Miami’s prostate cancer patients, did. He opted for treatment with CyberKnife for his cancer and has been cancer free for more than 9 years now.
“I wish more men knew about CyberKnife. Don’t just do what your doctor tells you, do your homework, learn all your treatment options.” Joe says. “When I talked to other guys, I heard horror stories. Doctors took out their prostate or they had too much radiation and now they can’t hold their urine or get erections. There was no way I was going to have my prostate taken out and with standard radiation, treatment would take over two months. CyberKnife is a better way to go.”
“CyberKnife has few side effects. Its pinpoint radiation beams target only the prostate, so we can give a much higher dose with a lot fewer treatments, leaving healthy surrounding tissue virtually unharmed. There is over 20 years of published studies to support it,” says Dr. Mark Pomper, board-certified radiation oncologist and medical director at CyberKnife Miami.
CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer
With CyberKnife because of its precision, there is less risk of burning the rectum or testicles during treatment. There is also a reduced risk of impotence and urinary incontinence. Sexual function remains the same for most patients after treatment. There are also minimal side effects, which may include tiredness, and urinary and rectal irritation. Over-the-counter medications minimizes these, and they usually dissipate in a few days or weeks.
Here are some other benefits:
- CyberKnife has a 98% cure rate for prostate cancer.
- There is less toxicity than with traditional radiation.
- It’s quicker and has a high safety record.
- CyberKnife causes less disruption to patients’ lives.
- It’s noninvasive. So, there’s no anesthesia or cutting.
- It doesn’t come with the risks of surgery like infection and long periods of downtime.
- CyberKnife treatments can be done in five radiation therapy sessions over 10 days. That’s compared to 42 over three months with other types of radiation treatments.
- The CyberKnife radiation beams, which target the prostate, are extremely precise. That means there is less risk of side effects including impotence and incontinence.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Near Me: CyberKnife Miami
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact the top cancer experts at CyberKnife Miami for a consultation. We’ll help you figure out the best treatment option for you.
We treat patients from across South Florida, the United States and even around the world.
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.