CyberKnife radiation therapy has proven to be a highly successful treatment for prostate cancer and is rapidly becoming the number one treatment of choice for men.
There are a lot of good reasons for that.
It’s non-invasive and reduces the risk of side effects that result from traditional treatments, including surgery and standard radiation. It saves a lot of time and most importantly, your quality of life remains good.
With CyberKnife, you undergo five treatments over about 10 days, compared to 42 treatments over three months with standard radiation.
Despite its name, CyberKnife is not a knife at all. It is cutting-edge radiation technology also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). It’s used to destroy tumors with pinpoint accuracy, leaving surrounding healthy tissue unaffected.
There’s no cutting, incision, blood, anesthesia, pain, or catheters. There are few, if any, side effects and no recovery time.
CyberKnife’s robotic missile-guided image technology allows us to achieve a high level of accuracy by pinpointing a tumor’s exact location throughout the treatment, resulting in successful outcomes.
Prostate cancer also presents a treatment challenge because the prostate moves constantly as the bladder and rectum fill. Conventional radiation therapy cannot account for this movement, so a greater treatment area must be treated to account for motion or the surrounding healthy tissue can be damaged.
The CyberKnife continuously pinpoints and follows a tumor’s exact location. This enables the doctor to zero in on the moving tumor and focus hundreds of radiation beams from different angles, all attacking the tumor delivering the highest dose of radiation possible.
The CyberKnife treatment is completely pain free. Patients dress comfortably in their own clothes and can bring music to listen to during the treatment.
Nothing will be required of the patient during the treatment, except to relax. In fact, patients often sleep through the treatment.
There are generally only minimal side effects from CyberKnife treatments, which may include fatigue, urinary irritation, and sometimes rectal irritation. These side effects can be controlled with medication and usually last only a few weeks.
After completing the CyberKnife treatment, patients will schedule follow-up appointments. The urologist will follow your PSA results, which will decrease over time.
Response to treatment varies from patient to patient. Clinical experience has shown that most patients respond very well to CyberKnife treatments with cure rates of over 90% after five years.
If you have prostate cancer and would like to find out if you are a candidate for CyberKnife, call CyberKnife Miami today at (800) 204-0455.