AUSTIN (KXAN) - Angel Rivera fought colon cancer a decade ago. The treatment made him so terribly sick. He went through radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. The whole process was so difficult for his wife to watch.
"There was many times when I would look at him and didn't know how to take care of him, because I knew he was hurting," said Angel's wife, Tina Rivera. "I would just sit by myself and just cry."
After Angel's long battle with colon cancer, he finally was victorious.
He survived colon cancer, and his family was relieved. They had no idea 10 years later prostate cancer would send him back to the doctor's office for more treatment. Immediately, his family thought of the sickness he endured the first time he had colon cancer.
"He's got prostate cancer now," Tina said. "We're hoping and praying that this one is going to be better than the first one."
His family was thrilled to hear of a new therapy at Austin Cancer Centers ,called Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy.
The computer software technology gives doctors greater accuracy in targeting the tumor. It also cuts treatment time from 20 minutes to under two minutes. VMAT can be used on many different types of cancer and does not cost any more than the traditional radiation therapy.
"Let's do whatever we need to do," Angel Rivera said. "We're only here one time. When the journey comes over, you're gone."
"In some cases where needed, it can actually make the treatment more targeted, exposing less normal tissue," said Radiation Oncologist Dr. Douglas Rivera with Austin Cancer Centers. "Patients will benefit when daily treatments of 15 to 20 minutes is decreased to under two minutes.
"Considering the typical course of radiation treatment ranges from 30 to 40 visits, the reduction in time spent undergoing treatment will also lessen the stress the patient will experience."
In addition to sparing healthy tissue around the tumor with better precision, Angel and his family will spend less time with doctors, and more time enjoying life together.
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