New Jersey CyberKnife Reports on Prostate Cancer Patient Treatment Outcomes, Offers Clinical Trials
January 31, 2013
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New Jersey CyberKnife Reports on Prostate Cancer Patient Treatment
Outcomes, Offers Clinical Trials
Ocean County-based cancer treatment center holds open clinical trials for prostate cancer patients
TOMS RIVER, N.J. – New Jersey CyberKnife has opened two clinical trials in collaboration with the
University of Pittsburgh to evaluate stereotactic body radiation therapy for low, intermediate and high-
risk prostate cancer patients. Results from these trials will add to the body of clinical research
examining stereotactic body radiation therapy for prostate cancer and will help doctors analyze
effects and outcomes to improve prostate treatment protocols.
Stereotactic body radiation therapy is a noninvasive method of treating tumors throughout the body
with high-dose, precisely targeted radiation beams, in five or fewer procedures. New Jersey
CyberKnife is the only facility in Ocean County that offers this treatment using advanced CyberKnife®
The robotic CyberKnife delivers a unique form of stereotactic body radiation therapy. When treating
prostate cancer, the CyberKnife tracks the motion of the prostate during treatment and automatically
corrects the aim of the radiation beam when movement is detected. Radiation is delivered to the
targeted tumor location with pinpoint precision, minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy
Recent patient Gene Griggs chose CyberKnife treatment after researching his options and meeting
with the New Jersey CyberKnife team.
“In Mr. Grigg’s case, CyberKnife offered a convenient option that didn’t impose on his lifestyle, which
is an attractive aspect for many men who consider this treatment,” said Dr. David D’Ambrosio,
medical director of New Jersey CyberKnife.
Griggs said he was drawn to the ease of CyberKnife treatment, as it allowed him to continue working
and maintain his daily routine.
“Convenience was extremely important to me. CyberKnife treatment took five sessions versus the 35
to 45 sessions I would have needed with other options,” Griggs said. “I travel for work and there’s no
way I could be in the middle of treatment and go away for a week, come back and resume with the
level of fatigue I’ve heard people can have with other treatments.”
According to Dr. D’Ambrosio, access to CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy is important
for patients like Griggs who work or who may be opposed to other standard forms of treatment due to
potential side effects that can impact quality of life.
“Recent five-year studies have shown this to be an effective treatment for prostate cancer,” said Dr.
D’Ambrosio. “The clinical trials we’ve instituted along with many other healthcare organizations
around the country are part of an ongoing effort to assess the long-term outcomes and effectivess of
stereotatic body radiation therapy in hopes of making this treatment more widely available to men like
A study presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology
showed men with organ-confined prostate cancer can be treated successfully with stereotactic body
radiation therapy. The multi-center study evaluated low-risk, intermediate-risk and high-risk patients
for up to four years following treatment. At the five-year mark, the relapse-free survival rate was 95
percent for low-risk patients, 90 percent for intermediate-risk patients and 80 percent for high-risk
CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy may not be an appropriate treatment for all prostate
cancer patients. Men are encouraged to consult with their doctor on the best course of treatment for
their individual diagnosis.
New Jersey CyberKnife at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center is a service of Community
Medical Center, an affiliate of Barnabas Health. The center is located at 99 Route 37 West in Toms
River, NJ. For more information, call (732) 557-3120.