Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which is the part of a man's reproductive system that helps produce semen. It is located under the bladder, behind the rectum, and it surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that urine passes through.
Cancer develops when cells begin to grow abnormally in the prostate. Prostate cancer is very common in men older than 50. For some men, prostate cancer does not produce symptoms. For others, it can cause difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, and pain in the lower back and pelvis.
Treating Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife Radiation
Surgery and conventional radiation are common treatments for prostate cancer. But the prostate is a moving target as the bladder fills and empties of urine, which can affect the accuracy of surgery or other kinds of radiation. That’s where CyberKnife comes in.
Although it sounds like surgery, CyberKnife is a non-invasive treatment option that eradicates tumors in patients with prostate cancer. Using advanced imaging and robotics, CyberKnife delivers high doses of concentrated radiation to tumors from every possible angle. An innovative tracking system ensures the radiation remains locked in on the tumor, sparing nearby healthy tissue even when the prostate moves.
From CyberKnife® to clinical trials to conventional therapies, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center gives men with prostate cancer more options, including one that’s right for you.
For a physician referral or to find out if you're a candidate for CyberKnife treatment, please call us.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
Benefits of CyberKnife
Over 90% cure rate. CyberKnife is equally effective at treating prostate cancer compared to surgery.
Unmatched accuracy. CyberKnife kills cancerous tumors from more 1,400 angles without harming the surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
No hospital stay. CyberKnife therapy is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the same day you receive treatment.
No pain, anesthesia, or recovery time. CyberKnife is not a surgical procedure, so you won’t need to worry about losing blood, caring for incisions, or taking medication.
Faster treatment completion. You’ll receive five treatments over two weeks, whereas traditional radiation may require over 40 visits.
Prostate cancer patient David Winfield’s experience
With a family history of prostate cancer, David Winfield took a proactive approach to getting tested for prostate cancer every year. When a biopsy confirmed cancer in his prostate glands, David elected to receive “very easy, very simple” CyberKnife therapy under the care of radiation oncology Dr. David Perry.
Is CyberKnife Right for You?
Depending on the stage of your prostate cancer, CyberKnife may be your best treatment option--or an excellent supplement to other prostate cancer treatments. No two prostate cancer cases are alike, so talk to your doctor about what will work best for you. CyberKnife may be your best option if:
- Your lesion or tumor is untreatable by surgery or other radiation modalities
- You have previously undergone radiation treatments
- You are elderly, frail or otherwise in compromised health