“WHERE HOPE IS” – OUR LOGO IS STILL TRUE TODAY
When I opened the doors at First Dayton Cancer Care in 2003 there was an air of excitement about the new center and the new technologies-and rightly so. I opened the center because I felt the people in Dayton deserve the best medical treatments offered anywhere in the world. I still believe that.
But I was quietly proud of our logo “Where Hope Is.” I have proven this yet again by bringing the CyberKnife Radiotherapy System to my clinic. Hope can now be restored for patients who had prostate cancer originally treated with standard radiation and now have a recurrence. Rather than years of hormone injections and lasting side effects, the CyberKnife offers a far superior treatment alternative.
WHEN PROSTATE CANCER RECURS AFTER STANDARD RADIATION CYBERKNIFE MAY BE YOUR ANSWER
For many patients whose prostate cancer recurred after radiation, all is not lost. There are now real options- not just “observation” or “palliative” hormone treatments. Many patients go straight to years of hormone shots because there is the perception by urologists that there are no good local treatment options. And that “salvage radiation” is of use only after surgery. The side effects from years of hormone treatments can be devastating to a man’s quality of life.
But Dr. Donald Fuller, a pioneer in CyberKnife, reported on treating prostate patients whose cancer relapsed after IMRT, permanent seed implants and even proton therapy. The 2-year PSA control rate was 83%. And late side effects were minimal and occurred in fewer than 10% of patients-none involving the rectum (ASTRO meeting, 2014).
WHICH RECURRENT PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
The following criteria are factored into the medical decision to treat a recurrent prostate cancer patient with CyberKnife:
- a history of prostate cancer treated with radiation
- no complications higher than grade 1 from the previous radiation
- recurrent prostate cancer confirmed by biopsy
- greater than 2 years from prior radiation
- no evidence of spread to lymph nodes, bone or other organs
Real hope is treatment in 5 visits or less. Real hope is better outcomes and fewer side effects. Real hope is no surgery, no incision, no pain. Real hope is exquisite precision due to real time tumor tracking. Real hope is little interruption to your daily life. Real hope is a better quality of life. Real hope is beating cancer. Real hope is the CyberKnife.