September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Austin CyberKnife encourages men seeking prostate cancer treatment to educate themselves on the range of options available to treat the
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Austin CyberKnife encourages men seeking prostate cancer treatment to educate themselves on the range of options available to treat the disease.
1. Did you know? September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 www.austincyberknife.com
2. Did you know? The American Cancer Society es2mates 241,740 new prostate cancer diagnoses in 2012. Quick stats: • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his life:me. • Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. Nearly two thirds of cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 or above, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the :me of diagnosis is about 67. • More than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are s:ll alive today, thanks to advancements in treatment. 1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 www.austincyberknife.com
3. Did you know? CyberKnife can noninvasively treat prostate cancer in ﬁve or fewer treatment sessions. How it works: • CyberKnife treats prostate cancer with a procedure called stereotac:c body radia:on therapy, a noninvasive method of trea:ng tumors with precisely targeted high-‐dose radia:on. The result is greatly increased accuracy that spares healthy 2ssue. • Prior to treatment, small metal :ssue markers known as ﬁducials are implanted in the prostate to help the CyberKnife pinpoint the tumor loca:on throughout each treatment, ensuring the radia2on beams delivered during treatment are always locked on the tumor. • Pa:ents are then scheduled for no more than ﬁve CyberKnife treatments. Each treatment takes about 30 -‐ 40 minutes, and pa2ents can return to their normal rou2nes following each procedure. • In recent years, CyberKnife has gained awareness among prostate cancer pa:ents in par:cular. Many men are drawn to the convenience of shorter treatment and fewer side eﬀects. 1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 www.austincyberknife.com
4. Our Center Austin CyberKnife was the first in the greater Austin area, as well as the central Texas region, to offer CyberKnife treatment giving our physicians the most experience treating patients with stereotactic radiosurgery/stereotactic body radiation therapy in our area. Prostate cancer is a frequently treated disease at our center. Austin CyberKnife is a department of University Medical Center Brackenridge, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family. Medical Director: Dr. Doug Rivera CyberKnife Nurse: Lori Eitelbach, RN Medical Physicist: Jim Hevezi, PhDOther Resources1400 North IH 35 Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 www.austincyberknife.com