CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Prostate Cancer
New Orleans prostate cancer treatments
Though it is named CyberKnife Radiosurgery, this treatment is not actually surgery. Rather, it is a high dosage of radiation that is applied directly to cancerous tumors on the prostate. What sets this system apart from other forms of radiation therapy is that it is highly precise and only causes minimal damage to the surrounding healthy cells and tissues.
The CyberKnife System has proven to be extremely effective in treating prostate cancer. The system was designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. It can track a tumors position even if a patient moves and adjust its position accordingly.
Preparing for treatment
Before the treatment, your doctor will need to take some imaging tests to learn more about the tumor. This is typically done with a simple CT scan or MRI. During the actual treatment, all you have to do is lie still on your back on a platform while the CyberKnife System targets the tumor and applies radiation.
CyberKnife treatment usually takes place in 5 visits over the course of 1 week. When you compare this to typical radiation therapy, which usually requires 45 visits over 8 to 9 weeks, it is clear why CyberKnife is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for prostate cancer.