Only You Know What’s Best For You
Seems like a simple idea, doesn’t it? But it may not be so simple when you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer. A lot of emotions come into play. And there are so many choices. Your emotions tell you that you’ll be all better once the prostate is cut out of your body. But it’s just not that easy.
To the surprise of most men, the chance of recurrence at the site of surgery is an all too common problem. That’s right. Up to 20% of men following surgery need radiation because of rising PSA levels. And it just doesn’t stop there. After surgery, there may be embarrassing side effects like incontinence – leaking urine when you least expect it.
The CyberKnife Solution
With CyberKnife, there is no pain, no cutting. CyberKnife is done as an outpatient in only 5 visits. CyberKnife is not surgery at all. CyberKnife is a highly specialized radiation machine that tracks your cancer continuously. And it’s the only radiation machine out there that does so.
What does this mean for you as a prostate cancer patient? Better prostate cancer control and fewer side effects.
The Proof Is In the Results
Dr. Robert Meier of the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle was the lead investigator of the study of 309 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer treated at 21 community, regional, and academic cancer centers across the United States. The prostate cancer patients were treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), like that delivered by CyberKnife.
The results were impressive:
1). 97% of men were free from prostate cancer progression at 5 years
2). Only 4 of 309 men had serious side effects. And the side effects were usually temporary.
At the 2016 Meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Dr. Meier said “After following patients for more than 5 years, we found that serious side effects from a brief course of SBRT were uncommon and that cancer control rates were very favorable compared to historical data.”
The First Dayton CyberKnife Difference
I’m proud to report that prostate cancer control rates were a bit better at First Dayton CyberKnife.
First Dayton CyberKnife’s Results (January 2012- September 2016):
1). 98.8% of men were free from prostate cancer progression at 5 years.
2). 0 of 187 men had serious side effects.
First Dayton CyberKnife is the only SBRT machine in Dayton that continuously tracks the movement of your cancer. It’s easy to understand that a lung cancer moves with your breathing. But your prostate also moves as well during radiation. With CyberKnife tracking, your continuous prostate tracking means less scatter radiation to your rectum and bladder. And that means less side effects for you.
Here the facts for yourself. Only you know what’s best for you. If you have any questions about your prostate cancer, I guarantee that I will see you in 1-3 days. You be the judge. Call me, Dr. Edward Hughes, at 855-Dayton 1