After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with about one in seven men being diagnosed in their lifetime. If detected early, prostate cancer can be effectively treated, which has resulted in complete remission for some men.
If you have been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, it means that the cancer cells from your prostate have moved to other parts of the body, including lymph nodes, liver, lungs or bones.
Regional and Distant Metastasis
When the prostate cancer cells have spread to other areas of the body, it becomes an advanced cancer. If the cells have spread to areas near the prostate, it is known as regional metastasis. Conversely, if it has moved to areas of the body that are farther away from the prostate, it is known as distant metastasis.
Regardless if you have regional or distant metastasis, aggressive treatment will likely be necessary to help slow the growth of the cancer. Treatment options may include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, or radiation therapy, or a combination of these therapies. Unfortunately, the side effects of many of these treatments may include pain, fatigue, hair loss, and gastrointestinal issues, but there is an alternative that may make treatment more manageable for metastatic prostate cancer.
CyberKnife Cancer Treatment
An alternative to traditional cancer treatments is CyberKnife. This non-invasive radiosurgery uses robotic technology, which is image-guided, to precisely deliver very large doses of radiation to a cancerous tumor with superior accuracy.
CyberKnife is different than traditional radiation therapy because the radiation beam automatically adjusts to the movement of the patient’s body so that is can exclusively focus on the targeted area to destroy cancer cells while leaving the healthy tissues and organs unaffected.
Benefits of CyberKnife
The primary benefit of CyberKnife radiation therapy is that patients will only undergo several treatment sessions that are about 30 to 90 minutes each. With CyberKnife, it is possible that the course of treatment can be completed in as little as one week. Patients who have gone through traditional radiation treatment know that it can take weeks or even months of therapy that leaves them exhausted and feeling ill. CyberKnife leaves patients with minor side effects, if any, and allows you to resume your normal activities immediately.
Orange County CyberKnife is Here to Help
If you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for this advanced treatment. Contact Orange County CyberKnife to schedule a consultation with our highly skilled specialists today.