It seems like a simple idea, doesn’t it? Only you know what is best for you. But for patients with prostate cancer, it may be a matter of life and death.
Since I treated our first patient with CyberKnife over 5 years ago, I have been more impressed with this breakthrough technology each and every day. Yet there remains a lot of negative information out there in Dayton, even by healthcare professionals who should know better. I suppose it can be chalked up to a doctor turf war. But if you are the man with prostate cancer, you only want to do what is best for you. And that means not only curing your prostate cancer, but also having a good quality of life afterwards. By that I mean a life without urinary leakage and other embarrassing side effects.
SEEK YOUR OWN TRUTH
I encourage men and their families to go out and dig up the information for themselves on their prostate treatment options. I think it’s crucial for men with prostate cancer to take their time and talk to prostate cancer specialists, both urologists and radiation oncologists. I would also ask the radiation oncologist how many different ways he or she can actually treat prostate cancer with radiation. Do they have only one kind of technology? At First Dayton CyberKnife I have more options than any other center in Dayton, including CyberKnife, IMRT, and temporary radiation implants.
A remarkable result for CyberKnife for men with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer was reported at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
17 different CyberKnife centers studied the long-term results of 259 prostate cancer patients treated by CyberKnife. The results were astounding. At the 5-year mark, the prostate cancer free survival rate was 100% for low risk patients and 88.5% for intermediate risk patients. At First Dayton CyberKnife, my results are even better. At the 5-year mark our prostate cancer free survival rates were 98.8%. And no patient had severe side effects requiring medical therapy or surgical therapy for complications. We have performed over 1,800 CyberKnife treatments.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE CYBERKNIFE?
Why is prostate cancer treatment by CyberKnife better? Simply put, CyberKnife is designed to deliver stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy or SBRT. CyberKnife is given in 5 visits, with no pain and no cutting. There is no surgery. Plus with only 5 treatments instead of the standard 40, men can get back to living their normal life quicker.
CyberKnife is breakthrough technology that delivers high doses of radiation with an extremely high degree of precision. CyberKnife is the ONLY radiation device out there that has the unique capability of continually tracking your prostate cancer movement and automatically correcting for that movement in real time. The prostate can move as much as 10 mm in as little as 30 seconds. That exquisite precision is exactly how CyberKnife treats with 5 high doses of radiation without damaging surrounding organs, like the bladder and rectum.
Dr. Donald Fuller in San Diego, the lead investigator of this study said “Outcomes from this long-term, prospective study reinforced that CyberKnife prostate SBRT is highly effective, with typically minimal side effects and impact on quality of life during and after treatment. It is important to note that nearly 90% of patients in the study were treated at community facilities across the United States, which may provide reassurance for men with localized prostate cancer that the results are achievable in their community setting.”
If you have any questions about your prostate cancer diagnosis or treatment, please feel free to call me, Dr. Edward Hughes at 855-Dayton 1. I guarantee that I will see you in consultation in 1-3 days. And when you call us, you will speak to a real person, and not be put on hold or transferred to a call center.