If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you will want to find out how the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System can effectively treat your prostate with no pain and no surgery. Located inside the Providence Cancer Center in Anchorage, Alaska CyberKnife Center prides itself on treating cancer patients from all over Alaska, Canada, the Northwest U.S., and surrounding areas to work with our skilled cancer specialists and take advantage of the unique benefits of CyberKnife. CyberKnife is the first and only approved stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) which can treat the whole body. Its precision is incomparable, which is especially important when treating unpredictably-moving prostate gland.
Like all cancers, there are a variety of treatment methods available to you. Doctors usually base the suggested treatments on a number of factors including:
Once these factors have been assessed by your Alaska oncology team, they will recommend one or more treatment options that may include:
CyberKnife is a type of external radiotherapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) that directs radiation in very high doses to the exact location of your tumor. Its flexible robotic arm can focus hundreds of laser-like beams of radiotherapy that can be adjusted in diameter and moved at almost any angle for the highest degree of precision. The ability to target only the prostate and not harm the surrounding nerve bundles and organs, such as the rectum and the bladder, is extremely important in maintaining the proper functioning of these vital organs and preventing erectile dysfunction.
One of the primary challenges of treating prostate tumors with radiation is that the prostate gland moves unpredictably throughout the course of treatment. The CyberKnife System continually tracks and automatically corrects for the movement of the prostate and the tumor in real time. This unique capability ensures that radiotherapy continually hits only the intended target without interruption. Four to five tiny slivers of gold (called fiducials) are inserted into your prostate to determine the exact location throughout treatments. These help guide the CyberKnife system as your tumor moves.
CyberKnife can be used as a primary treatment for most stages of prostate cancer, but is especially effective for early and intermediate risk stages. If you have a more advanced or high risk prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend combining a few CyberKnife treatments with external beam irradiation or other cancer treatments. Surgery is also a common prostate cancer treatment. Our experienced radiation oncologists work closely with Urologists and/or patients directly to determine the best method of treatment for each patient. CyberKnife does not have the same surgical risks of erectile dysfunction, incontinence or recovery time. We suggest that patients explore their treatment options by calling our center directly to speak with one of cancer experts.
At the Alaska CyberKnife Center at Providence Cancer Center, our team of radiation oncology specialists will work with the rest of your medical team to develop the best plan for your CyberKnife prostate cancer treatment. The basic treatment steps include:
CyberKnife is clinically proven as a successful prostate cancer treatment in Anchorage. The most recent clinical studies that have followed more than a thousand patients for up to eight years show that CyberKnife is very effective in treating early and intermediate risk stages of prostate cancer. The ability to precisely target the moving prostate is its primary benefit. Here are additional benefits of using Alaska CyberKnife Center for your prostate cancer treatment:
At Alaska CyberKnife Center, we understand that there are a variety of treatments for prostate cancer. We believe CyberKnife provides the best hope in combating prostate cancer. Call our Anchorage radiation oncology experts today at (907) 312-2112 and set up your first consultation. Or, complete our online appointment form. We have years of experience in treating prostate cancer and are ready to review all the treatment options and see what best meets your goals by balancing cure and quality of life. Together, we can develop an individualized treatment plan that is best for you.
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