Treating Prostate Cancer With Fewer Visits By Using Austin Cyberknife

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What are some risk factors that might affect a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer?

– Researchers have found several factors that might affect a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer, including:

– Age – Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50.  About 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men older than 65.

– Race/ethnicity – Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men and in Caribbean men of African ancestry than in men of other races.  African-American men are also more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men.

– Family history – Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, which suggests that in some cases there may be an inherited or genetic factor.  Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease.

What are some signs and symptoms associated with prostate cancer?

– Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. 

– More advanced prostate cancer can sometimes cause symptoms, such as problems passing urine, blood in urine, trouble getting an erection, pain in the hips or back, weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord. 

What are the current statistics for prostate cancer? 

– Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

– According to the American Cancer Society, over 14k new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Texas in 2021.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

– Most prostate cancers are first found during screening with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or a digital rectal exam (DRE).

– Again, early prostate cancers usually don’t cause symptoms, but more advanced cancers are sometimes first found because of symptoms they cause.

– If cancer is suspected based on results of screening tests or symptoms, tests will be needed to confirm the diagnosis.  The actual diagnosis of prostate cancer can only be made with a prostate biopsy.

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System at Austin CyberKnife.  What is CyberKnife?

– CyberKnife is a painless, non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.

– The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme precision and features a device that controls the width of the radiation beams the machine delivers during treatment, allowing our clinical experts to vary the beam size and treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body.

How does CyberKnife treat prostate cancer?  How does it compare to conventional radiation therapy?

– When treating prostate cancer, hundreds of angles and beam width adjustments in the CyberKnife prescribed treatment plan enable the radiation to be contoured to the shape of the prostate, resulting in treatment aimed directly to the prostate gland, avoiding nearby critical anatomy. 

– This precision reduces treatment time to just five outpatient visits, compared to the average 45 visits conventional radiation therapy requires.

What are the benefits of using CyberKnife for prostate cancer treatment?

– There are numerous benefits of CyberKnife treatment, including:

  • It’s noninvasive, meaning no incisions
  • There is no anesthesia or hospitalization required
  • It’s painless
  • It’s completed in five or fewer outpatient treatment sessions
  • There is little to no recovery time, allowing for an immediate return to daily activities
  • There are minimal, if any, side effects
  • Due to pinpoint precision of high-dose radiation delivery, there is minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding a tumor 

Why should a man diagnosed with prostate cancer consider Austin CyberKnife for treatment?

– Choosing the right doctor and treatment team when you are diagnosed with prostate cancer is important.  At Austin CyberKnife, we will work with you to understand all your treatment options to ensure you make a well-informed treatment decision that will fit your lifestyle and get the best possible outcome.  Our experienced physicians will answer any questions you have and our caring team will make you feel at home and treat you and your family with dignity and respect.

– Our center offers SpaceOAR® Hydrogel procedures.  SpaceOAR, which stands for Spacing Organs at Risk, hydrogel is a gel that is injected into place prior to the start of radiation treatment that acts as a spacer providing space between the rectum and the prostate, making it much less likely that the rectum is exposed to radiation.  Benefits include giving physicians that extra degree of confidence when delivering severe hypofractionated doses of radiation near the prostate-rectum interface and appealing to the patient’s desire to make the radiation therapy experience as safe as possible. 

– As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our highest priority is to keep all of our patients and staff protected, while not wavering on our commitment to providing patients with safe, high-quality, and comprehensive treatment services.  Our center is following all recommended guidance from public health authorities, including best practices for hygiene and infection control, as well as staying on top of the latest COVID-related guidelines, including those from the CDC.

– Our center offers telehealth services as another option to support our patients virtually.  We can provide safe and effective consultations, follow-up appointments, answer any questions or concerns, etc. using our secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.  You will still get the pre-and post-treatment care you need, from the comfort and safety of your own homes. 

– You can visit our website – – to learn more about prostate cancer and how it is treated with radiosurgery.  You can also check us out online on our Facebook page and join our Prostate Cancer Support Community, an online group for those who have prostate cancer, have survived prostate cancer, are supporting someone with prostate cancer, or have lost someone to prostate cancer. 

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