New Philadelphia CyberKnife Study Shows SBRT Effective for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Newly published research from Philadelphia CyberKnife provides some of the most convincing evidence yet that stereotactic body radiation therapy is among the most effective types of treatment for prostate cancer.
Authors say that, while more follow-up is needed, the study shows SBRT’s success rate is comparable to other treatments, including conventional surgery, which is often held as the gold standard treatment for prostate cancer. In addition, SBRT offered more convenient treatment and less risk of side effects like erectile dysfunction.
“Radiation oncologists believe the results with SBRT are equivalent to what you’d get from surgery or other forms of radiation, but there’s never been a head-to-head comparison,” says Dr. Rachelle Lanciano, chief of radiation oncology at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, who co-wrote the study. “This is another piece of the puzzle showing that SBRT works, the toxicity is low, and the outcomes are very good.”