Monthly Archives: December 2016

CyberKnife for Pancreas Cancer: Ready for Prime Time

Stereotactic radio surgery, like that delivered by CyberKnife, is real breakthrough technology for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer. In fact, Dr. Joseph Herman of Johns Hopkins wrote in HemOnc Today (December 2016 issue), “Based on phase 1 and phase 2 data, hypo fractionated stereotactic ablative body radio therapy (SBRT) should be a standard-of-care option for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.”

New Standard of Care

SBRT, like that delivered by CyberKnife, delivers high doses of radiation very accurately in one week. And CyberKnife is the only SBRT machine that breathes with you. You may not realize it, but your pancreas moves-as much as 2 inches-with each and every breath. CyberKnife is the only SBRT instrument that tracks your pancreatic cancer in real time, sparing surrounding organs. With CyberKnife there are no incisions, no pain and no prolonged hospital stays.  

Future of Care for Pancreas Cancer

The future of CyberKnife is determining how to use this breakthrough technology with chemotherapy and immunotherapy. In fact, the phase 2 Johns Hopkins chemo-SBRT protocol resulted in an overall survival of nearly 3 years.

Hear the CyberKnife story for yourself. Only you know what’s best for you and your family. Call me, Dr. Edward Hughes, at 855-DAYTON 1. I assure you that I will see you in 1-3 days of your call. No other cancer center gives you that guarantee. 

Give Yourself a Lifesaving Gift – Get Screened

Low-dose lung CT scans can save lives – as many as 30,000 Americans each and every year.

But lung cancer screening can give smokers a false sense of security.  An unexpected consequence of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans show that many smokers continued to smoke.  It was as if a negative screening lung CT scan gave them a new lease on their smoking lives. 

With a Negative CT Scan, Can I Still Smoke?  

The short answer is NO WAY!  The 2016 analysis of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) concluded that those men and women who stopped smoking for 7 years had a 30% decrease in lung cancer deaths.  That’s huge. 

Dr. Nicole Tanner of the Medical University of South Carolina was the senior author on the study that was published in the March 1, 2016 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care. 

With a Negative CT Scan Do I Need Another Lung Scan? 

The short answer is YES!  And more often than what you think.  Waiting 2-1/2 years between low-dose lung CT scans resulted in detecting lung cancers at a more advanced stage when it’s less curable.

The Dutch-Belgian Lung Cancer Survey Trial showed that 17.3% of lung cancers were stage III or stage IV when smokers were screened 2-1/2 years later compared to 6.8% for smokers screened more frequently. 

The Dutch-Belgian results were published in the June 30, 2016 issue of the journal Thorax. 

What are My Recommendations?  

CT Scans are painless and non-invasive.

For smokers, I recommend getting screened right away for the first time and then every 12-18 months thereafter.  In this Holiday Season, the gift of a $99 low-dose CT scan at First Dayton Cancer Care just may be lifesaving for you and for your loved ones. 

If you have any questions about lung cancer screening or your lung cancer treatment, please feel free to call me, Dr. Edward Hughes, at 855-DAYTON1

CyberKnife: For More than Just Lung and Prostate Cancer

People are shocked to learn that CyberKnife can be used for many cancers, not just lung cancer and prostate cancer.  It’s not surprising.  The TV ads for First Dayton CyberKnife focus on lung cancer and prostate cancer exclusively.

But CyberKnife can treat a whole host of other cancers, anywhere the body, including:

  • brain

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    The CyberKnife is the only system to track your tumor during treatment. Giving it the most precision of any radiation delivery system in the world.

  • breast
  • kidney
  • liver
  • lung
  • pancreas
  • prostate
  • spine
  • reccurent head and neck

 CyberKnife is breakthrough radiation treatment.  It is the only radiation machine that tracks your cancer in real time, protecting healthy tissue.  With lung cancer treatment, CyberKnife breathes with you, sparing critical structures such as normal lung, heart, spinal cord, and esophagus. 

CyberKnife treatment takes just 3-5 brief visits over 1 week.  There is no cutting, no pain, and far fewer side effects than surgery or radiation at ordinary cancer centers.  Best of all, there is no recovery time.  You can resume your normal activity after each visits. 

CyberKnife is as effective as surgery but with a much better quality of life.  And First Dayton Cancer Care has the most CyberKnife experience of any center in Southwest Ohio. 

Get your life back faster.  I guarantee I’ll see you in 1-3 days of your call.  Dr. Edward Hughes at 855-Dayton 1