Prostate Cancer Treatment
Curative treatment of prostate cancer
More so than with other diseases, there is more than one way to treat prostate cancer. Three different doctors may recommend three different approaches.
For this and other reasons, it’s best to become an educated patient ready to seek second and third opinions. The technology used to treat prostate cancer tumors (and other cancerous tumors) is evolving at an unusually rapid pace. That’s good news for prostate cancer sufferers, who now have a wider variety of treatment options than ever before, including:
- Radiation therapy (42-45 doses over 8-9 weeks, radioactive seed implants)
- CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (5 doses of surgically precise radiation)
- Active surveillance, in which a man delays curative treatment and undergoes regular check-ups and tests in order to monitor progress of the disease.
How to find the best prostate cancer treatment for you
Prostate cancer is generally treated with surgery, hormone therapy, radiation therapies such as CyberKnife or chemotherapy. Which treatment is best for any one person depends on numerous factors: for example, how far the disease has progressed; age of the patient; which treatment has the fewest side effects; and which has the least negative impact on lifestyle.
The topic of prostate cancer screening and treatment has been a controversial one among doctors in recent years. Normally in healthcare, treatment decisions are made between patient and physician. But doctors disagree widely on prostate cancer, and not all have the most recent information on research findings and treatment options.
Furthermore, some physicians work for hospitals and medical groups that each offers only one type of treatment at its facility. That’s why we’ve prepared a downloadable document for printing and sharing with your doctor when you discuss prostate cancer treatment.
Traditional prostate cancer treatments do carry some risk of side effects, which have varying impact on a person’s quality of life.
Possible side effects from traditional radiation might include painful, urgent or frequent urination, erectile dysfunction, or rectal symptoms, such as painful or loose stools. Surgery comes with the normal risks of bleeding, infection and pain as well as the potential for incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer
Anova Cancer Care is a global leader in treating prostate cancer with CyberKnife, a specialized alternative to surgery and traditional radiation therapy. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is the most advanced system for the delivery of radiosurgery, a form of therapy that precisely targets and kills cancerous cells or tumors while greatly reducing the damage done to healthy cells.
Treatment is non-invasive, requires fewer sessions, is comfortable for the patient and is often more effective. Research supports the use of CyberKnife for prostate cancer, and Anova has successfully treated more than 1,500 prostate cancer patients.
The system can treat tumors and other problems in virtually any area of the body. CyberKnife is often the best or only option for patients with hard to reach or inoperable tumors. It is also an excellent option for those who would otherwise have unacceptable side effects or complications when treated by other methods, or require treatment after other attempts to treat have failed.