Prostate Cancer: Columbus CyberKnife Treatment Overview
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DESCRIPTIONProstate cancer is among the leading causes of cancer death among American men, second only to lung cancer. Learn more about prostate cancer and how Columbus CyberKnife's noninvasive treatment may work for you.
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2. A prostate cancer diagnosis can be scary. Learn more about prostate cancer and how we can help. Please note: We encourage consumers to thoroughly review and understand all treatment op8ons. The informa8on presented here is not all-inclusive. Rather, it represents a star8ng point to learn more about medical condi8ons and treatment op8ons. There is no subs,tute for consul,ng a medical professional. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081(614) 898-8300www.columbusck.com 3. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300 www.columbusck.com 4. About Prostate Cancer The prostate is a walnut-shaped organ in a mans lower abdomen that controls the ow of urine and semen through the penis. Prostate cancer is among the leading causes of cancer death among American men, second only to lung cancer. Risk factors: There is no single cause of prostate cancer, though there are several known risk factors: Age Risks generally increase for older men. Race African-American men have a higher risk for unknown reasons. Na?onality Asian men, for example, have a lower risk. Diet Red meat and dairy products tend to increase risk. Several studies suggest that some dietary supplements like vitamin E and lycopene may reduce risk. Lack of exercise Family history of prostate cancer 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081(614) 898-8300 www.columbusck.com 5. What are symptoms of prostate cancer? Early-stage prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. Older men may experience frequent urinaHon, though its likely due to an enlarged prostate in a condiHon known as benign prostaHc hypertrophy, or BPH. Pain or bleeding is not commonly associated with early stages. Prostate cancer is suspected if men have an elevated level of a substance in the bloodstream known as prostate specic anHgen (PSA), or if they have an abnormality like a nodule found during a digital rectal examinaHon. A prostate cancer diagnosis is conrmed, however, only through biopsy. Urologists usually perform biopsies as an outpaHent procedure. An ultrasound probe is used to guide a needle that removes 10 to 12 small Hssue samples from dierent parts of the prostate gland. SomeHmes, addiHonal diagnosHc tests like a bone scan, CT or MRI are performed, depending on the specic diagnosis. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300www.columbusck.com 6. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300 www.columbusck.com 7. How does CyberKnife treat prostate cancer? Prior to stereotacHc body radiosurgery treatment with CyberKnife, small Hssue markers known as ducials are implanted in the prostate to help the CyberKnife pinpoint the tumor locaHon throughout each treatment, so the radiaHon beams can be locked on the tumor. About a week later, paHents are Wed with a custom body mold of soX material that they lie on during treatments. The Yng process is painless. The treatment process includes: I. ConsultaHon appointment II. Pretreatment procedures III. CyberKnife treatment IV. Follow-up 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081(614) 898-8300 www.columbusck.com 8. Consulta?on and Pretreatment Procedures Columbus CyberKnife physicians, therapists and nurses are focused on your individualized treatment plan: You will meet a Columbus CyberKnife radiaHon oncologist to decide if CyberKnife treatment is appropriate for your diagnosis. Your CyberKnife team will decide which pretreatment procedures you may need to help develop your treatment plan. These could include a CT scan, an MRI, laboratory studies or Hssue markers. The data from your pretreatment procedures will be used by the CyberKnife team to determine the exact size, shape and locaHon of your tumor. This informaHon will indicate the size of the area being treated with radiaHon, the radiaHon dose and criHcal structures where radiaHon exposure should be minimized. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300www.columbusck.com 9. CyberKnife Treatment Typically treatment is completed within ve sessions. On the day of your treatment: 1. A therapist will help you onto the treatment table and t the body mold. PaHents are observed throughout the treatment on closed- circuit television, and they can pause treatment at any Hme by waving or speaking to the technicians. 2. While the CyberKnifes advanced tracking system accounts for movements like breathing, FOR YOUR INFORMATION youre asked to lie sHll during treatments. The Treatment procedures take about 30 90 system periodically takes x-ray images and minutes, depending on the complexity of your compares them to the CT scan data to make tumor. PaHents are asked to wear comfortable clothing sure the radiaHon beam is locked on the tumor. during CyberKnife treatments. Jewelry is acceptable unless it is close to the area being 3. PaHents can usually return to their normal treated. rouHnes once the treatment is complete. Feel free to bring an iPod or your favorite music CDs with you on the day of your treatment, and we will play them for you during the procedure. 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300www.columbusck.com 10. Addi?onal Resources 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300 www.columbusck.com 11. Our CenterOpened in 2010, Columbus CyberKnife has treated paHents from around Ohio, as well as bordering states, such as West Virginia. Based on paHent saHsfacHon surveys, Columbus CyberKnife has scored over 95% in all categories of paHent experience measurement, which examines various factors such as communicaHons with doctors and sta, quality of care and likelihood of recommending the facility to others. Columbus CyberKnife is a service of Mount Carmel St. Anns Hospital and oers the only CyberKnife technology available in the central Ohio region. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact Columbus CyberKnife to schedule a consultaHon with our physicians to determine the best next step for your treatment needs. Medical Director: Dr. Douglas Widman Radia?on Oncologist: Dr. Abhay Gokhale Connect with us 495 Cooper Road Suite 125, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 898-8300www.columbusck.com