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ASTRO Endorses Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy As First-Line Prostate Cancer Treatment Option

 

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has announced the classification of stereotactic body radiation therapy as a first-line treatment option for prostate cancer. As a first-line treatment, SBRT can be considered a primary form of treatment for prostate cancer. The results of long-term clinical trials supporting the safety and efficacy of stereotactic body radiation in […]

 

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Spotlight On: Prostate Cancer Foundation

 

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a dynamic organization committed to funding cutting-edge prostate cancer research. Since 1993, the PCF has funded more than 1,600 programs at nearly 200 research facilities around the world. In 2012, the organization raised a record $47 million and expanded their research programs to China. Each year, the PCF partners […]

 

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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.”

 

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From the Doc: Benefits of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Patients

 

Find out how stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife® can benefit prostate cancer patients. Below are some advantages from Philadelphia CyberKnife radiation oncologist Dr. Rachelle Lanciano. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options? CyberKnife offers patients a noninvasive treatment option that doesn’t impede on their lifestyle. CyberKnife can treat prostate cancer patients in […]

 

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Prostate Cancer by the Numbers: American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

 

Have you seen the latest prostate cancer facts and figures released by the American Cancer Society? We’ve included some noteworthy stats below. To learn more, visit the prostate cancer section of the American Cancer Society website. This post is part of a series dedicated to addressing one of the most important health issues facing men […]

 

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Prostate Cancer Series: Treatment Options

 

Once prostate cancer has been diagnosed, the right treatment option can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Not only is the stage and grade of the tumor important, but also the age, health and lifestyle of the patient. Below is a basic overview of prostate cancer treatment options. Consult your doctor and physicians […]

 

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Prostate Cancer Series: What is Prostate Cancer?

 

Prostate cancer is a disease specific to men and develops in the prostate – a walnut-shaped organ in a man’s lower abdomen that controls the flow of urine and semen through the reproductive system. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing tumor, often causing no symptoms until it reaches a […]

 

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Prostate Cancer Treatment Advancements Improve Survivorship

 

One in nine men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime, totaling to 174,650 new cases this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have allowed almost 3 million men to count themselves as survivors of the pervasive disease. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and […]

 

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Philadelphia CyberKnife Shares Men’s Health Awareness Tips

 

June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. One of the common health threats to men is prostate cancer. In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimates about 241,740 new diagnoses of prostate cancer. […]

 

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