Prostate Cancer CyberKnife Clinical Trial 2009
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The CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, offered by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, is a non-invasive outpatient treatment without the risks and complications associated with traditional open surgery. CyberKnife represents an entirely new approach to treating tumors and lesions, by using intelligent robotics technology that offers treatments with sub-millimeter accuracy.
CyberKnife provides unparalled flexibility with targeting sites to be treated, by continuously and automatically tracking a tumor's precise location throughout the procedure. For example, if there is any tumor or patient movement, CyberKnife makes corrections as needed on the fly. As a result, CyberKnife is a great choice for cancer treatment of the prostate, or anywhere in the body when radiation treatment is indicated.
PeaceHealth Southwest is currently enrolling prostate cancer patients for a national clinical trial using CyberKnife. Enrollment is limited; call 360.514.2155 for information.
- Five treatments with CyberKnife (compared to eight weeks of standard radiation treatment)
- Trial designed to preserve erectile function
- Outpatient procedure, no surgery or hospital stay needed
- 100% effective in early clinical trials
- Minimal side effects
Because the CyberKnife is non-invasive, it has far fewer complications than traditional open surgery. Benefits of the CyberKnife treatment may include:
- Better quality of life during and after treatment
- Better access to hard-to-reach, larger, or previously inoperable tumors
- More accurate radiation targeting for minimal radiation exposure to surrounding tissue
- Ability to treat multiple tumors in different locations during a single session
- No need to be admitted to the hospital for CyberKnife treatment
- Available to treat lesions that have previously undergone the maximum allowed doses of traditional radiation therapy
- No incision or scalpel
- No blood loss
- No anesthesia required for treatment
- No recovery time
- Immediate return to normal activity
- Far fewer complications than traditional surgery (such as infection, hemorrhage or nerve damage)