Research Studies

CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Prostate Cancer

Radiation therapy has been used for decades for patients with prostate cancer. The clinical results from IMRT have shown that even higher doses of radiation are needed, especially for patients with intermediate risks and high risk prostate cancers.

Dr. Katz examines how CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery capitalizes on the major breakthrough in prostate cancer radio-biology. That major breakthrough is the fact that fewer, larger doses of radiation can better treat prostate cancers, while limiting side effects even further than IMRT.

Yes, it’s true- 1 week of CyberKnife is better than 8-9 weeks of IMRT. Learn why Dr. Katz agrees here


Cost Effectiveness Analysis of SBRT versus IMRT: An Emerging Initial Radiation Treatment Option for Organ-Confined Prostate Cancer

“I built my practice on basic American business principles. Better, Quicker, Cheaper. The CyberKnife delivers better cures with fewer side effects. The CyberKnife is quicker with only one week of treatment instead of 8-9 weeks. Therefore it is cheaper for both the patient and the insurance company” states Dr. Ed Hughes. This comparison study supports his mission. Learn how here.


Stereotactic body radiotherapy for low-risk prostate cancer: five-year outcomes

In 2011 Dr. Debra Freeman and Dr. Christopher King published “Stereotactic body radiotherapy for low-risk prostate cancer: five-year outcomes”. Not only did these prostate cancer specialists focus on the outcomes of reduced urinary incontinence and rectal toxicity, they also discussed better biochemical disease-free survival (bDFS) rates. Ultimately, survival rates are the most important result of quality cancer care. The following chart compares the different treatments offered for prostate cancer and these survival rates at the 5 year mark. Read the study to learn more here.


Comparison of quality of life after stereotactic body radiotherapy and surgery for early-stage prostate cancer

In 2012, Dr. Alan Katz, a noted CyberKnife specialist, published a comparison of the quality of life after stereotactic radiosurgery versus prostatectomy-both nerve sparing and non-never sparing.

The key finding was that patients who underwent surgery had more long term urinary side effects and more impotence than those patients treated with CyberKnife. Yet the long term bowel side effects, though initially worse with CyberKnife treatment, were the same as surgery in the long term. Since this study was conducted, First Dayton CyberKnife has found ways to reduce these bowel effects through improved treatment planning.

Learn other improvements to prostate cancer patients Quality of Life here.

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What People Say

  • Everyone has been totally fantastic. The first week was very hard for me, but all 3 technicians I worked with made me feel great even though I know that first week is difficult for them (not on purpose). They always made me feel comfortable with my treatment and hugs when they knew I was having a tough day. I could not have been happier with any aspect of my care.

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  • First, I have never been treated so well by all medical professionals. I was scared from the beginning. I was given info in a positive, accurate and direct manner. Because of this I was able to face the fears I had. Each visit strengthened me. I feel that if I had not come to First Dayton Cyberknife I would not have felt the hope I feel now. Is that not part of good treatment?

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  • My experience at First Dayton Cancer Care was exceptional from start to finish. Beginning with the initial consultation with Dr Hughes. I always knew what to expect throughout the treatment process. The entire staff is to be commended for their professionalism both in their job knowledge and cheerful, upbeat personalities.

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  • Everyone from the front desk was great! Jo was excellent in explaining what each visit required verbally and on paper. Annette was great, polite and very informative. Annette made the treatments easy and comfortable in a scary time. I loved the music she played during my treatment. Dr Hughes was wonderful, he explained all the treatments. I knew when we first talked that this place was where I wanted to be.

     

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  • FRONT DESK ALWAYS COURTEOUS. NURSES ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL. AND OF COURSE THE THERAPISTS WERE TERRIFIC. DOCTORS ALWAYS KEPT ME UP ON EVERYTHING. EVERYBODY IS JUST GREAT TO BE WITH. FIRST DAYTON CYBERKNIFE IS VERY CLEAN AND PERSONABLE.

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  • Everybody was really nice. Jennifer, Mike, Kristie who did my treatments made me feel very comfortable. They were like friends to me. The staff at the front desk were very nice to me. The doctors were great too. Dr Hughes was my doctor.

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  • Cyberknife treatment with Annette was great. Radiation treatments with Mike, Jennifer and Kristi was also great. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone needing cancer treatment. I have driven over 100 miles round trip each day for six weeks. It was well worth the drive. Believe it or not I actually looked forward to coming each day. All staff was great!

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  • I am totally happy with the care I got from everyone. Jo told me how it would work. Dr Hughes was very good and took a lot of time with me. Annette was outstanding, she was kind and told me to do so it would so it would work the best. I thank everyone for the experience.

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  • The staff was so courteous. They answered all of my questions I had. I was seen on time with minimal wait time.Doctor was informative and helpful with medications, ordered as needed. Dietitian was good at sharing information about good nutrition.

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  • I had breast radiation and my treatments went very fast. The staff was very pleasant. I enjoyed talking with the radiation therapist each morning. I have a lot of great memories. I would recommend this place to anyone facing cancer treatment.

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  • Everyone was very nice, friendly, very caring and professional. No complaints. I couldn’t ask for a better experience of this kind. I felt like I was in good hands.

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  • I recieved care at First Dayton Cancer Care with Dr Hughes.The staff was very caring and dedicated to my care. dr Hughes and Dr Burger were very concerned and caring. The nurse’s were very informative about the process as were the techs.

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  • I really kind of enjoyed visits due to Kristi, Jennifer and Mike were just excellent with care. Very happy and encouraging. Vice nice receptionist! Everyone is always helpful and they always have a smile.

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  • My care by staff was superb. They all have wonderful personalities and keep the treatments light making me at ease. They made me really enjoy coming. The prompt calls when the machine was not working and follow up were much appreciated. I will give all a five star rating and recommendation.

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  • It was a very good experience all the people treated you with respect. When you come here you will tell your friends about First Dayton Cancer Care. Thanks to each and everyone of you.

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  • My treatment schedule was always on time and when I had to reschedule they always accommodated me. The staff here are excellent, from the receptionist to the nurses to therapists. They all made me feel at ease and had a cheerful experience. I would like to especially thank Jennifer, Kristi and Mike for their professional care.

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  • Amazing care from everyone that took care of me. Sweetness must be a requirement to work here because you all are the sweetest. Your tones in treatment was very comforting and appreciated. Fear of the unknown but you all give much needed respect and care. In spite of the tasks of healing, you all have made it (keep it up, we benefit from your care) all worth it.

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  • Cancer in it self is scary. My experience here at Cyberknife is one that I will always cherish for taking away the fear of lung cancer. The staff, all the wonderful people I encountered made me feel alive and gave me the hope and strength to know how I will win. God truly gave this wonderful Dr Hughes the best staff ever & I thank him for his skills, his machine & his time in my recovery.

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  • THE CYBERKNIFE TREATMENT WAS PAINLESS, OTHER THAN THE MARKER IMPLANT. THE TREATMENT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE BASED ON REDUCED LEVELS FROM LAB RESULTS. THE STAFF HAS BEEN FRIENDLY,SYMPATHETIC & PROFESSIONAL. THE DOCTOR AND NURSES ARE KNOWLEDGABLE AND PROFESSIONAL.

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  • ALL ASPECTS OF TREATMENT WERE HANDLED VERY PROFESSIONALLY. EVERYTHING WAS EXPLAINED CLEARLY AND IN GREAT DETAIL. EVERYONE I HAD CONTACT WITH WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE MY TREATMENTS COMFORTABLE. NOT A SINGLE COMPLAINT ABOUT CYBERKNIFE!!!

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  • FROM BEGINNING TO END OF 5 DAY TREATMENTS EVERYONE IS VERY POSTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL TO ME & MY WIFE DENNY. EVERY TEST & PROCEDURE WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL & EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN MY CARE.

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  • EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE, EVERYONE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND GENUINELY CARING. THE PROCEDURE AND TREATMENT WAS FULLY EXPLAINED AND WENT AS DESCRIBED. POST TREATMENT AND CARE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL.

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  • Followed suggestions from staff about skin care, etc and had great results. Staff has always been professional and courteous. Will continue to recommend center to others.

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  • The facility and staff are tops. Always a smile and a very pleasant attitude. Although this has been a trying experience for me; It was nice to have someone listen carefully to my concerns. Always the professional, with words of encouragement and making me feel important. I appreciate the doctor, staff and the facility. Treatment went well. Thanks C. MOrgan

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