When facing a serious health problem, it’s important to know all the medical treatment options available for your particular needs.

While many people put all their faith and trust in their doctors and believe everything they say, you should know some doctors are not up-to-date with all the newest treatment options available.

Plus, if there’s a treatment option that’s better for you, but their medical facility does not offer it, they may not tell you about it.

That is why patients must do their homework. Research all treatment options for your particular medical problem.

Get a second and even third opinion if necessary. It can mean the difference between life and death.

You want the most effective, safest treatment with the least side effects, preserving the quality of life, and hopefully, it’s noninvasive. That may include alternative treatment options instead of traditional therapies which can have harsher side effects.

For instance, cancer patients are often told to undergo traditional radiation treatment, chemotherapy, or risky and invasive surgery.

Much depends on a patient’s age, medical condition, type of cancer, stage of cancer, whether it’s metastatic or not. But there are alternative treatments that are less harsh, noninvasive, safer, and require fewer treatment sessions. One of those options is CyberKnife Radiation Therapy.

It can destroy tumors with pinpoint accuracy, leaving healthy surrounding tissue unharmed. That in turn greatly reduces the risk of side effects and allows patients to get treated without diminishing their quality of life.

Because CyberKnife delivers a higher dose of radiation to the tumor than other types of radiation, it can be done with fewer treatment sessions. Usually requiring only about 5 treatments compared to 30 or more with older types of radiation.

CyberKnife can successfully treat tumors anywhere in the body including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, as well as pancreatic and metastatic lesions.

Univision Entertainment Reporter Angie Perez had benign spinal tumors that sometimes left her unable to walk.

Angie says, “Not one doctor told me CyberKnife was an option. I walked around for six years with numb legs. Sometimes I couldn’t get out of bed and had to crawl to the bathroom.”

Desperate to find a solution, Angie did her own research and discovered the CyberKnife Center of Miami.  “When I called, right away they said they could help me. Within 5-months after treatment, I was back in 5-inch heels and working on the red carpet.

CyberKnife Miami’s Medical Director, Radiation Oncologist Dr. Mark Pomper says, “Long term studies prove CyberKnife is often quite successful in achieving complete pain relief for spinal tumors. When I saw Angie last, she looked like a different person. She was back on her feet and not having much discomfort. We’re hoping not to see her again.”

He adds, “CyberKnife Radiation Therapy is a great option for tumors because it’s non-invasive and if possible you should always try non-invasive treatments first.”

CyberKnife is also an excellent option for elderly patients who are not eligible for surgery and for which anesthesia can result in permanent memory problems. With CyberKnife there is no risk of that and patients can go about their daily routine right after their treatment.

CyberKnife technology was FDA approved in 2001 and has since successfully treated thousands of patients worldwide. Unfortunately, if the medical center your doctor works at does not have CyberKnife, he or she may never tell you about it, which is why you must be your own patient advocate and do your own research. We cannot stress that enough.

The CyberKnife Center of Miami’s medical team is among the most experienced in the world because this is what we do all day long and have for decades. Just as important, our entire staff is compassionate. They know cancer can be scary. They will walk you through the process, holding your hand every step of the way. Making it as easy for you as possible with the least disruption to your life.

Anyone can come to CyberKnife Miami for a consultation. You do not need a doctor’s referral.  If CyberKnife is not the best option for you, we’ll let you know right away and guide you to the best treatment for your particular needs. Call our office to schedule a consultation at 305-279-2900 and go to our website now to learn more at www.cyberknifemiami.com.