CyberKnife approved to treat prostate cancer at the ETMC Cancer Institute
Released by East Texas Medical Center:
EAST TEXAS - The East Texas Medical Center
Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in the region to offer the
CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System to treat men with prostate cancer.
"Prostate cancer patients now
have the option of using CyberKnife for treatment," said Todd Sigmon, vice
president of the ETMC Cancer Institute. "Four CyberKnife treatments has been
shown to be as effective as 40 treatments of intensity modulated radiation
therapy (IMRT), long considered the gold standard of radiation therapy. CyberKnife is recognized as an accepted
treatment option by Medicare and other major insurance carriers, giving many
men a choice in how they wish to be treated."
CyberKnife is a type of
radiation therapy referred to as stereotactic radiosurgery because of its ability
to destroy tumors with knifelike precision, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
The procedures are largely non-invasive and patients should experience very
little discomfort during planning and treatment.
"CyberKnife offers advantages
to patients who have to travel for treatment, since this course can be
completed in as little as a week versus up to eight weeks for IMRT. We are receiving calls from patients as far
away as Dallas who are excited about potentially using CyberKnife for their
prostate cancer treatment. A man with a
prostate cancer diagnosis should discuss whether CyberKnife is a reasonable
option for treatment in his particular case, so we ask that they call our
CyberKnife Coordinator and discuss this with our care team," Sigmon said.
According to the American
Cancer Society, one in six men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.
The disease is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. This year,
241,000 men in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer,
while over 28,000 men will die from the disease.
Prostate cancer screenings
are recommended for men over the age of 50 and for men 40 or older who are
African-American or have a family history of the disease.
The ETMC Cancer Institute has
been a leader in the war against prostate cancer for years with free
screenings, educational seminars, support groups and the Henry M. Bell Golf
Tournament. For more information about the ETMC Cancer Institute and CyberKnife
please call 903-595-5550 or visit www.etmc.org.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:07 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:07:39 GMT
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