Prostate Cancer Treatment with CyberKnife®

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Call 877-715-HOPE (4673) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

CyberKnife Benefits

  CyberKnife Patient SMNot only can CyberKnife target tumors that were previously considered unreachable or inoperable, the sophisticated system is a great advancement in patient ease and comfort, offering the following advantages:

  • No pain — Because the procedure is a nonsurgical approach, there is no anesthesia, incision, blood loss or recovery time.
  • No head or body frame — Unlike other stereotactic radiosurgical techniques, the CyberKnife system uses the body’s bony structures or implanted markers to find its target (with or without Synchrony).
  • No overnight hospitalization — An outpatient treatment, CyberKnife usually allows you to return home the same day.
  • Faster and more accurate — Approaching its target from more than 1,400 angles, CyberKnife can deliver high doses of radiation to tumors while avoiding surrounding, healthy tissue.

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Meet Our Team

While undergoing treatment at the CyberKnife Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, you'll be backed by an impressive team of specialists and health care professionals all dedicated to your health and well being. Your treatment team will include a radiation oncologist, physician specialist, physicist, and other healthcare professionals, such as our CyberKnife coordinator Linda Stark, to ensure your treatment runs smoothly and that you are comfortable. Meet Our Team.

What Is CyberKnife?

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which is the part of a man's reproductive system that helps produce semen. It is located under the bladder, behind the rectum, and it surrounds the urethra, which is a tube that urine passes through.

Cancer develops when cells begin to grow abnormally in the prostate. Prostate cancer is very common in men older than 50. For some men, prostate cancer does not produce symptoms. For others, prostate cancer can cause difficulty urinating, blood in the urine and pain in the lower back and pelvis.

Treating Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife Radiation

Surgery and conventional radiation are common treatments for prostate cancer. But the prostate is a moving target-it moves when urine fills and then empties from the bladder and when air moves into the rectum. This movement makes accessing the prostate-during either surgery or conventional radiation-without affecting surrounding healthy tissue a challenge. The cure rates for prostate cancer with this technology are over 90%. 

CyberKnife offers a convenient, effective and minimally invasive alternative.

CyberKnife uses computers and imaging tools to find the exact location of the tumor. The technology tracks the movement of the prostate and the tumor as a patient breathes and as other bodily processes occur. The tool operates with enough precision and accuracy to allow doctors to focus radiation on the tumor itself and not on surrounding healthy tissue.

What Should I Expect from Treatment?

  • CyberKnife treatment begins with the implantation in the prostate of four tiny gold fiducials that act as markers or targets for the system’s missile-like rays.
  • Afterward, a team of experienced physicians uses MRIs, CT scans and three-dimensional technology to pinpoint the exact size and location of the patient’s cancer to create a treatment plan.
  • A week or two later, the patient returns for five days of therapy over one to two weeks, with each treatment lasting about an hour.
  • Patients are usually able to resume their normal activities almost immediately.
  • Follow-up consists of regularly scheduled PSA (prostate-specific antigen) tests and monitoring.

Is CyberKnife Right for You?

From CyberKnife® to clinical trials to conventional therapies, MedStar Franklin Square gives men with prostate cancer more options, including one that’s right for you.

CyberKnife may be your best option if:

  • Your lesion or tumor is untreatable by surgery or other radiation modalities
  • You have previously undergone radiation treatments
  • You are elderly, frail or otherwise in compromised health

Who Will Be On My Treatment Team?

While undergoing treatment at the CyberKnife Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, you'll be backed by an impressive team of specialists and health care professionals all dedicated to your health and well being. Your treatment team will include a radiation oncologist, physician specialist, physicist, and other healthcare professionals, such as our CyberKnife coordinator Linda Stark, to ensure your treatment runs smoothly and that you are comfortable.

MedStar Franklin Square's core team of board-certified physicians specialized in CyberKnife therapy include a neurosurgeon, thoracic surgeon, interventional pulmonologist, surgical oncologist, and radiation oncologists. All of our team members have extensive training on treating patients using CyberKnife, and participate in continuing education to keep up to date on the most recent advancements.

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-CYBER 01 (1-877-292-3701).

For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
CyberKnife Center
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237