If you’re like most prostate cancer patients or if someone you love has prostate cancer, there’s a strong likelihood you’ve played “Dr. Google.”
You know exactly what we mean. You’ve done search upon search about treatments, survival rates, staging, cures, side effects of the cancers and the therapies to kill it – and the list goes on and on and on.
There’s a lot out there for the Dr. Googles of the world. Some of it’s true, and some is not.
If anything you’ve read or researched about radiation for prostate cancer with CyberKnife – an external form radiation called stereotactic body radiation therapy or SBRT – is concerning to you the experts at the CyberKnife Center of Miami want to set the record straight.
CyberKnife Disadvantages for Prostate Cancer: No Way. Just Ask the Experts
The science behind CyberKnife for prostate cancer disputes any disadvantages or misinformation you may have come across while playing Dr. Google.
In fact, CyberKnife treatment success rate is 98% for prostate cancer.
“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,” says Dr. Mark Pomper, board-certified radiation oncologist and medical director of CyberKnife Miami.
According to Accuray, the maker of CyberKnife, there are reasons this technology works so well for prostate cancer including close to 100 peer-reviewed articles and excellent 12 year disease free survival rates in low-risk patients.
Let’s Go Over Some CyberKnife Treatment Facts
Radiation is an alternative treatment for prostate cancer. Radiation with CyberKnife uses a high-tech, image-guided technique to deliver large doses of radiation to a very precise area where the tumor is. While it delivers a larger dose of radiation, that shouldn’t scare you. It just means treatment takes only a few days as opposed to longer treatment times with other forms of radiation.
Research proves there is also a lower risk of toxicity with CyberKnife than with traditional radiation.
There are benefits to CyberKnife for prostate cancer. Radiation from CyberKnife stays focused on the prostate with less risk of affecting nearby vital structures. According to Accuray, the maker of CyberKnife, benefits include:
- Excellent long-term cancer control.
- A non-surgical and non-invasive treatment.
- Fewer treatments over a shorter time frame.
- Lower incidence of sexual, urinary and bowel function side effects.
- Patients continue normal activities during treatment.
Side effects of CyberKnife can include tiredness, and urinary or rectal irritation. However, medications help minimize these, and they usually resolve themselves in a few days or weeks.
CyberKnife has been used worldwide to successfully treat thousands of prostate cancer patients.
“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,” Dr. Pomper advises.
CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer in Miami
At the CyberKnife Center of Miami, we treat prostate cancer patients on a daily basis. That’s one reason patients from around South Florida and the country turn to us.
Our goal is to partner with you through your treatment journey and make sure you are as comfortable and confident 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.