A typical man who avoided prostate diagnostics, Gary turned to CyberKnife when the tests found cancer – and now recommends it to others.

Gary and his wife, Linda

Meet Gary, your typical 69-year-old man. He enjoys being part of his grandson’s quarter midget race team traveling the United States, working part time at Evergreen Day School repairing everything that gets broken and working out regularly using a high-intensity slow motion routine to keep him strong, activities not uncommon for many men his age. Similarly, Gary shares something else in common with thousands of other American men ­– his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) has been rising steadily for years.

In response to this, Gary’s primary care physician was constantly nagging on him to run diagnostics, a reasonable request Gary resisted for as long as he could. Finally, he gave in and his doctor discovered lumps in his prostate. A subsequent biopsy confirmed that Gary had prostate cancer.

“I went home, I did all of the internet research and I basically found out that if you have prostate cancer you have three choices: you end up with impotence, incontinence or death,” said Gary. “After that I was really down in the dumps.”

This wasn’t Gary’s first cancer rodeo. In fact, a few years back Gary had been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and given six months to live. Spoiler alert: he fought a hard fight and has been cancer-free since 2004.

This time Gary visited Urology Associates’ Dr. James Fagelson, a urologist who specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci system to treat prostate disease and prostate cancer. Despite his expertise in removing the prostate, Dr. Fagelson suggested that Gary speak with Anova Cancer Care, a partner of Urology Associates, about an innovative type of robotic radiosurgery called CyberKnife

Saving his prostate, saving his virility

“The doctor at Anova Cancer Care was very enthusiastic about what he does. He really convinced me that CyberKnife treatment was the way to go,” said Gary. “I had my doubts because it sounded too good to be true, but I really did not want to have my prostate removed.”

After years of a good relationship as Dr. Fagelson’s patient, Gary relied on his opinion as to whether or not he should have the CyberKnife treatment or a prostatectomy using the da Vinci robotic device. Dr. Fagelson told Gary that if he were his age and going through the same ordeal, he would go with CyberKnife.

“That was surprising to me because he’s an expert in da Vinci robotic surgery,” said Gary. “That made up my mind. I did some research, relied on the doctor’s expert opinion and decided to undergo CyberKnife treatment.”

It was a “piece of cake,” according to Gary. He received five rounds of CyberKnife radiation treatment with virtually no discomfort. The staff at Anova Cancer Care gave him kind and thorough explanations, and Gary felt at ease calling in the days after the treatment with questions and concerns.

“When the Anova clinical team tells you to call them with problems, they mean it. You aren’t bothering them. They are there to help and they make that very clear,” Gary said.

“And I didn’t anticipate feeling this good. I’m 69 years old, just got off of my FloMax and my sex life is better than it was before the treatment.”

Gary still fervently recommends Anova Cancer Care to patients considering CyberKnife treatment.

“My doctor and his team are geniuses with the procedure,” said Gary. “He has it so fine-tuned. I would tell anyone who is worrying about CyberKnife treatment to not even think about it and just do it. Don’t worry!”

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Our patient Dan tells in his own words why he came from New Mexico to Denver for CyberKnife treatment, and it was so simple and pain-free he felt a little guilty

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Note: My story about prostate cancer is one of success that I owe to the treatment I chose, CyberKnife radiosurgery. My message to others is that when you have prostate cancer, it’s important to find a treatment that works for you. I did and I’m all the better for it. Here’s my story.

When the doctor told me that I had prostate cancer my world changed. I was baffled. There was no history of prostate cancer in my family. My first thought was a depressing one. After seeing friends and family members pass away because of cancer, I was sure my fate was sealed.

The only options at the time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I live, were surgery or standard radiation. I truly wasn’t interested in either of those due to the recovery time and the side effects. After much discussion and research, my doctor and I both decided that CyberKnife radiosurgery was the best option.

There were two major challenges involved: 1.) I live in Santa Fe which was, at that time, far from CyberKnife treatment facilities and 2.) my insurance didn’t cover the treatment.

At first I went to another facility in Colorado and wasn’t happy with the prognosis. After doing some additional research, I found Anova Cancer Care’s website. The website offered a ton of information about the CyberKnife process, about why it’s good for prostate cancer, plus it had a ton of great patient stories and testimonials.

After my research, I filled out some information regarding my first visit. I was surprised when Anova’s doctor called me himself and wanted to learn more about my situation. I was even more surprised when he personally called my insurance company and fought for coverage of my CyberKnife treatments. The confident and caring staff took care of setting up all of the necessary procedures.

The CyberKnife experience: no pain, no suffering

The first step of the process involved driving to Denver for my consultation with Anova’s radiation oncologist. I also saw a urologist who placed markers in my body. The markers would ensure that the radiation would only be applied to my cancer and could avoid my healthy surrounding tissue. I drove back to Santa Fe.

The next time I returned to Denver, it was time for my CyberKnife treatment sessions. My wife traveled with me. I went through five sessions of CyberKnife radiation therapy, each session lasting about 30 minutes. CyberKnife is an easy treatment. All you hear is the sound of the machine.

“The procedure was so simple and pain-free that my wife and I spent our free time in Denver checking out the city, going to the zoo and doing some sightseeing. It was so nice to be able to spend my free time doing what I liked.”

I felt well prepared for the CyberKnife treatments. Anova’s website makes it very easy to go online and see the process, such as the CyberKnife machine and how it moves around your body to apply precise radiation. This alleviated many of my concerns and a lot of my nervousness, and I felt guilty afterwards when I experienced absolutely no pain and suffering.


At this point, I’m cancer-free and I’ve had only minor side effects that have seemed to subside.

I maintain my lifestyle, thanks to the CyberKnife treatment. I hike a lot, I lift weights. And the thing is that I could do these things right after having the procedure done. I wasn’t too tired or fatigued. I bounced back very quickly. If I would have done a normal radiation procedure, I’d probably be doing hormone replacement therapy for about two months, which can make you feel low and lose muscle mass, among other side effects.

I tell my story today to let others know how much Anova Cancer Care, its doctor and CyberKnife have helped me. The research also shows that although CyberKnife is a relatively new treatment, the outcomes look good. Now at 63 years old, I feel good. I don’t have any issues, and my sexual function is fine – thanks Anova Cancer Care!

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After discovering an enlarged prostate, high PSA and early-stage prostate cancer, Larry’s experience with Cyberknife offered a comforting approach to treatment.

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My name is Larry. I’m 75 years old and have always considered myself to be in fairly good health; I was a basketball player all through college and have since maintained my athleticism. The only exception to my good health was the fact that every night I was constantly having to get up several times throughout the night to use the bathroom. While this was a huge bother to me, all other functions seemed okay. Nevertheless, I informed my primary care doctor about these issues at my annual physical in the spring of 2015.

After my primary care physician examined me, he told me that I had an enlarged prostate and also found that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) had gone up from a 5 to an 11. As a result, I was referred to Dr. Stan Galansky of Urology Associates.

Dr. Galansky initially examined me and brought me back for subsequent biopsies. He found early stage prostate cancer in one of the samples. He carefully and fully explained to me and my wife of 51 years what I had, the implications of what I had, treatment options and timing. We agreed to have a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) performed in June 2015. But that wasn’t where my story ended.

Six months later I received five sessions of radiation treatment using the groundbreaking CyberKnife radiosurgery technology under the direction of the doctors at Anova Cancer Care. My doctor patiently explained to my wife and me how the radiation treatments would be accomplished. These treatments went as planned, with my radiation treatments concluding in December 2015.

The whole process was amazing to me. The level of professionalism and technical competency was extraordinary and so was the quality and kindness of the staff. Everyone at both Urology Associates and Anova Cancer Care were considerate, very pleasant and professional. Further, the appointments were scheduled conveniently and took just as long as predicted, so a (near) normal life was possible. And frankly, there was no discomfort.

It’s still a little early to tell if the cancer is gone, that will take time. But I had no side effects during the treatment and I still have none. Things seem to be functioning normally. I did follow all of the instructions that were given to me fully and carefully — I felt that I should do my part as well as the folks at Anova Cancer Care were.

I cannot recommend the folks at Urology Associates and Anova Cancer Care enough. They are competent and did what they said they would do. They took very good care of me. I’m grateful to them all and my only wish is that men who have problems similar to mine might find them and meet them. They’ll be glad they did.

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Anova Cancer Care’s Chief Oncologist spoke to The Prostate Cancer Networking Group on March 19 about his expertise in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer. He was joined by Dr. Fabio Almeida, Medical Director of the Southwest PET/CT Institute.

The Prostate Networking Group is a monthly support group providing information and emotional support for men with prostate cancer and their families. The group meets every third Saturday of the month.

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Recent studies prove CyberKnife’s efficacy in preserving sexual health with little to no side effects.

As one of the global leaders in treating prostate cancer patients with the revolutionary CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, I recently teamed up with several oncologists to collect and report on clinical research conducted to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of CyberKnife for treatment. In the study, called the Multi-Institutional Registry for Prostate Cancer Radiosurgery, I along with my co-authors, report that CyberKnife treatment is effective in preserving sexual health without any other significant side effects.

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer have a variety of treatment options available. Deciding which treatment to pursue can often be difficult, as there are many aspects to consider. One of the most important, aside from efficacy of treatment, is their quality of life after treatment compared with before treatment. Because treatment of the prostate involves the areas governing bowel, sexual and bladder function, quality of life after treatment is a major concern for men.

What we found in our study, whose results were published in Frontiers in Oncology, is that CyberKnife treatment is minimally harmful. We reported the following key findings:

  • CyberKnife treatment produces low levels of toxicity that are superior to the level produced by other radiation treatment options including brachytherapy.
  • Preservation of sexual function was achieved for 80 percent of patients who were sexually potent prior to CyberKnife treatment and somewhat less in men over 70 years old.
  • The positive quality of life outcomes, low side effects, and brief duration of the CyberKnife treatment are particularly encouraging and significant for men weighing their many treatment options.

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A proven radiosurgery therapy option

CyberKnife is a highly sophisticated type of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). SBRT focuses radiation beams and tracks an exact area of the body while the patient rests comfortably on the treatment couch.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is the most advanced system for the delivery of radiosurgery therapy. And that’s the system we use exclusively.

Radiation therapy has been used for decades to treat prostate cancer with varying degrees of success. The goal of any radiation therapy for prostate cancer is to deliver the appropriate dose of radiation needed to kill the cancer cells, while not harming the surrounding healthy tissues and organs, which is what causes side effects.

The CyberKnife is one of the most recently developed tools for delivery of a high dose of radiation in a short time period, however high dose radiation for prostate cancer has been around for 30 years. The CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment has been recognized as a breakthrough system of cancer treatment since it’s inception in 1987. The first prototype, created by Dr. John R. Adler, a Stanford University Medical Center professor, was approved in 1999.

In 2001, the FDA approved SBRT-type therapies, including CyberKnife, for use throughout the entire body. In 2012, the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) released a revised position on the use of radiosurgery in the management of prostate cancer, citing that these treatments “could be considered an appropriate alternative for select patients with low to intermediate-risk disease.” In 2013 the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recognized SBRT for prostate cancer as a standard treatment option.

I’ve personally treated more than 1,100 patients with the CyberKnife for prostate cancer and this is what I have seen:

  • Patients with the earliest stage and grade of disease experience zero failures and have 100 percent control of their prostate cancer.
  • In the next highest grade, patients enjoy over 99 percent control of the disease.
  • All of the patients I’ve treated over the last year, regardless of stage and grade of prostate cancer, have had zero delayed side effects.

How does CyberKnife treatment work?

CyberKnife radiosurgery uses stereoscopic image guidance techniques to deliver large doses of radiation to a certain precise area, such as the prostate, and tracks it while it is moving. The doses of radiation are much greater than with other types of radiation treatment and are more effective at killing the cancer cells. The entire course of treatment is given over just a few days compared with typical radiation therapy, which can include over 40 separate treatments.

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Patients who undergo CyberKnife treatment lie on a table under a robotic device that delivers beams of radiation. The radiation dosage applied is calculated based on the location, size, shape and density of the tumor.

A computer controls the robot that delivers the CyberKnife device’s radiation beams. Since the prescribed dose of radiation is only being applied to a specific area, the healthy parts of the body surrounding the tumor are not significantly affected. In addition, the CyberKnife automatically shifts its positioning to align with any movement of the tumor during the radiosurgery process, which occurs when the patient breathes, when muscles contract and relax, when the bowels fill, and as the bladder fills.

The treatment does not cause pain so an anesthetic is not needed and the patient can go home immediately after the procedure. Quite often patients will fall asleep, enjoying a nice nap on the comfortable, softly padded table during treatment. The primary patient benefits are:

  • No incision
  • No pain
  • No hospital stay

CyberKnife treatment is a safe alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body – including the prostate. Although there is always some risk of radiation exposure to areas of the body outside of the tumor, the instances of this occurring during CyberKnife treatment are significantly lower than with other radiation therapy treatments.

“An individual’s quality of life is an important aspect of having a fulfilling future. And the side effects of cancer treatment shouldn’t rob patients of this.”

At Anova Cancer Care, we treat patients with CyberKnife exclusively so they can return to life as they know it after cancer treatment. The majority of my patients say the same thing after being treated at Anova Cancer Care, “Why would anyone go anywhere else?” My patients’ lives are practically uninterrupted by the treatments that they receive.

Read our patient stories and testimonials to learn more about what they think about the treatment they received.

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Colorado HealthOP folded, forcing 80,000 Coloradans to scramble for new health insurance, including Rick Heitman still undergoing prostate cancer treatment.

Rick Heitman and his wife Letha told Colorado Public Radio that they’re not happy they have to leave the health insurance cooperative. “I owe them [Anova Cancer Care] for taking care of me,” said Rick, who’s receiving treatment for aggressive prostate cancer. “They helped me at a time when I needed it a lot.”Colorado Public Radio logo horizontal

Letha handles their insurance, but signing up for insurance again when they hadn’t expected it is a considerable task. “Where do I begin?” she said, faced with the task of having to weigh the costs of new plans and figure out if Rick’s cancer doctor, his primary care doctor and his cancer center are part of an insurer’s network.

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CyberKnife removed his prostate cancer, as he relates in his own words.

Anova Cancer Care prostate cancer testimonialI began getting yearly physical exams when I entered the United States Navy flight program. I got those exams during the five years I was on active duty and for the 15 years I was flying in the Naval Reserve. I continued this practice on my own after I retired from the Naval Reserve. To this day, I stay active, maintain my weight, try to work out in the gym three days a week, and get a yearly physical exam. In general, I feel as well as I ever have.

A few years back I began taking finasteride for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and frequent urination. This solved the frequent need to urinate and I continued to take this medication. About four years ago or so, my prostate specific antigen (PSA) began to rise. So my doctor and I began “watchful waiting.” Within a little more than a year, my PSA had risen to 6.8. I’m still thinking watchful waiting, but my doctor said this was not an option and that I had a bump on my prostate.

I saw a urologist as directed. He checked my prostate, looked at my blood test and told me that I needed a biopsy. I asked, “How about watchful waiting?” His reply was, “There is no watchful waiting for you. You have a bump on both sides of your prostate and your true PSA is not 6.8, but 13.6. The finasteride you have been taking masks your true PSA by one half.”

He had my attention, and I got a biopsy. Of the 12 samples of the prostate taken, every one had cancer. Enter Anova Cancer Care. The urologist set up an appointment for me with the doctors at Anova Cancer Care.

The doctor, or “Doc,” as I now call him, spent an hour and a half with me explaining CyberKnife and the results he has gotten with this beautifully simple treatment (simple for the patient). Doc and I got along well, as he is a former USAF Flight Surgeon. He was interested in hearing about flying off aircraft carriers and I was interested in hearing about his flying the F4 and 16. I also gave him a first-hand account of the Apollo 11 recovery and spotting the capsule from my aircraft as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere.

I was scheduled for the standard five treatments of approximately 30 minutes each. I came in Monday, Wednesday and Friday the first week and Tuesday and Thursday the following week. I laid down on a computer controlled table, not moving for 30 minutes and listened to music of my choice, often falling asleep, as a machine resembling a large head moved around me radiating my prostate from different angles. That’s pretty much it, as far as the treatment goes.

Since the end of my treatments, I get a blood test every three months to check my PSA. My PSA has steadily fallen. I just had my two-year checkup. My current PSA is 0.2 (down from 13.6). Doc tells me that I’m doing even better than to be expected, at this point. I’m essentially cancer free.

My advice

Don’t fool around with “watchful waiting” if your PSA is steadily rising. Get a biopsy immediately. Go see Anova Cancer Care immediately if you have any questions at all. This treatment will not be available if you wait too long. Once the cancer has spread from the prostate, it’s too late for this treatment.

Unlike a number of my friends who have had other forms of treatment for prostate cancer, I’ve had virtually no side effects. I did not change my routine at all while in treatment and continued my active lifestyle, including working out in the gym. I have friends who have been left incontinent or impotent, or both from other forms of treatment.

I feel so fortunate to have been sent to Anova Cancer Care. The treatment could not have been easier.  Don’t “watchfully wait” yourself into a serious situation. Take care of the problem in a way that is almost as simple as taking five naps.

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This couple looked desperately for an alternative prostate cancer treatment and found their answer at Anova, a story Bob tells here in his own words.

Anova Cancer Care Prostate Cancer CyberKnifeMy name is Bob. I am a 59-year-old guy who is very active and in good physical condition. My wife Peggy is a registered nurse, and has always mandated that I have a prostate exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test done annually. I credit her for saving my life.

My exam showed that my PSA number had doubled in two years. But I was without any symptoms, so I wouldn’t have ever thought about it, except for Peggy.

My father had prostate cancer at age 70. He experienced all the miserable side effects of treatment including incontinence and the sexual side effects associated with a total prostatectomy (prostate removal). He was never the same.

Needless to say, I was horrified to learn I needed a prostate biopsy. I kept thinking about my dad and those diapers. He was 70. Why me at age 59?

My urologist performed a digital rectal exam, reporting that the gland was smooth and had minimal, if any, enlargement. A biopsy was done and of the 12 cores, one was positive for cancer cells.

We were encouraged because we thought we would have time to wait and watch, but that proved not to be the case. Our urologist thought it best to send the sample for additional testing – genetic testing. We learned I had the aggressive form of prostate cancer and I was encouraged to seek treatment sooner, rather than later.

We were assigned to read the book A Guide To Surviving Prostate Cancer, by Dr. Patrick Walsh. We read this book cover to cover. I felt hopeless. I was sure I would end up just like my dad.

From hopeless, to hopeful, to healing

My wife, however, felt that anything in print was surely outdated and continued an exhausting search for any other viable options besides surgical total prostatectomy. She was horrified that very little progress had been made since her nursing experience with urology patients post-prostatectomy 30 years prior! Men were still in diapers and suffered issues with erections.

We cried and cried. There was one viable option with CyberKnife, but Peggy wanted more documented proof. We needed a cure!

We walked into my urologist’s office deciding on robotic prostatectomy removal and were shocked to hear that he wanted to talk us OUT of it. He thought CyberKnife would be a viable option in my case. He reported more recent numbers of solid success – documentation of eight years of clinical studies showing it had similar cure rates to surgery but without incontinence, impotence and ongoing post-op complications associated with the surgery.

Peggy and I felt encouraged.

We were directed to Anova Cancer Center. Peggy immediately called and requested more information. She wanted more recent, evidence-based studies and proof that patients were surviving prostate cancer with CyberKnife.

We set up our consult. The doctor was very genuine and accommodating. He was clearly passionate about his work. We had at least a million questions and he answered all of them. We made our decision – CyberKnife – and never looked back. No regrets.

I completed all five treatments and never missed a day of work. I did experience some fatigue with the 5th treatment and napped for 30-60 minutes daily for a week. Mild fatigue lasted another month. I was shocked to see my PSA dropped by 60 percent three months later.

I am thrilled I have no bladder or erection issues post-CyberKnife. I ski, mountain bike (using a modified bike seat), dirt bike, trail run and hike. This 59-year-old is going strong and I look forward to living the next 35 years.

My wife and I are so grateful to the doctor and his tireless devotion to patients at the Anova Cancer Center. His staff is kind and professional.

My life has been saved, the quality of my life has been preserved. My wife and I are grateful we chose CyberKnife.

— Bob & Peggy

Accuray Inc. announces practice milestone using its CyberKnife system.

Accuray RadiosurgeryAccuray, Inc., a radiation oncology company based in Sunnyvalle, California, recently announced that Anova Cancer Care has performed an impressive 1,000 prostate cancer treatments using the company’s CyberKnife system. CyberKnife is a robotically-controlled radiosurgery device that delivers extremely high doses of radiation to tumors with little to no side effects. It is an alternative or complimentary option to more traditional forms of cancer treatment including radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgical techniques.

Rick H. from Denver, one of the 1,000 patients, was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and was featured in the release. “I lead a busy life, including owning a business, so when I learned it was a non-invasive approach which would precisely target my tumor, I knew it was the right choice for me,” said Rick.

Anova is Colorado’s only full-time CyberKnife practice and a world leader in prostate cancer treatment.

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CyberKnife provides men with prostate cancer treatment that doesn’t result in the consequences of surgery, nine weeks of daily radiation therapy or the surgical implanting of radioactive seeds.

Until the mid-1980s men diagnosed with prostate cancer were most likely detected at advanced, and often incurable, stages. A few men were diagnosed earlier when the cancer was discovered during surgery to relieve problems associated with urinating, but as a young doctor I saw countless men in misery with advanced prostate cancer that caused disabling and crippling bone metastases, urination problems, bleeding and swollen lower body parts—all due to the out of control growth of prostate cancer. We treated them by removing their testicles, giving them female hormones and delivering course after course of radiation to try to relieve their suffering.

In the mid-1980s it was discovered that prostate cancer was frequently associated with elevated levels of prostatic specific antigen (PSA). A PSA blood test was developed and it was the beginning of a revolution. Over the following years, the PSA test provided earlier detection of prostate cancer, which allowed for potentially curable treatments. As a result, the number of men who died of prostate cancer over the years has decreased tremendously.

Why did the PSA guidelines change?

Despite such an incredible difference the PSA test has made in the lives of millions of men over the last 30 years, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against using it to screen men for prostate cancer in 2011. The task force comprised of 16 volunteer clinicians including family physicians, general internal medicine physicians, nurses, obstetrician-gynecologists, occupational medicine physicians and pediatricians. There were no urologists or radiation oncologists directly involved in the recommendation.

The task force stated that they evaluated evidence on whether primary-care practitioners should recommend PSA screening. One of their concerns was the chance of a false-positive reading and the potential stress it could cause for patients. While this is a valid consideration, many physicians believe it is best for patients with elevated PSA levels to be under the care of a urologist to monitor their PSA levels and determine if they have prostate cancer.

I remember reading about the final recommendation of the USPSTF and predicted there would be unfortunate consequences for men, and this has proven true. The 2015 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary Cancers Symposium reported that since 2011, there has been an increase in the proportion of men diagnosed with higher-risk prostate cancers. With 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year, this means 14,000 more of them will be diagnosed with prostate cancer that is less likely to be cured.

The American Urologic Association, ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network—all specialists in treating prostate cancer—disagree with the USPSTF PSA screening recommendation.

European and American randomized studies have also shown a survival advantage for men who undergo screening compared with those who do not because prostate cancer is very curable when it is diagnosed early and classified as low risk. It is less curable when it is classified as intermediate and high risk.

I do not know how a stronger case can be made for PSA screening for prostate cancer.

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I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, now what?

After a prostate cancer diagnosis, there has been a trend for some patients to watch, wait and not treat until the prostate cancer gets worse. One reason for this approach is that the side effects of treatments like radical prostatectomy surgery, nine weeks of daily radiation therapy or surgical seed implants may have more negative consequences than actively watching the cancer.

Patients have an alternative – stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using the CyberKnife system. CyberKnife is a specialized radiation device attached to a robotic arm that allows us to “paint” the tumor with radiation and with extreme accuracy. This allows us to place the radiation on the prostate gland where it is needed and avoid the surrounding critical tissues (the rectum, bladder and nerves that control the ability to have erections). CyberKnife delivers an effective treatment in just five visits rather than 30-45 treatments using common radiation equipment. Less time in the clinic means less interruption of your life.

Over the past six years, I’ve treated hundreds of prostate patients with CyberKnife, and they would likely tell you the biopsy caused more side effects than the treatment did. For those with early low-risk tumors, there has not been a single failure to control their cancer. These results, along with those from 44 other CyberKnife centers throughout the United States, are published in the January 2015 paper titled “Multi-Institutional Registry for Prostate Cancer Radiosurgery,” a prospective observational clinical trial written by me, as well as Drs. Freemen and Perman, that presents data on 1,750 men treated with the CyberKnife for prostate cancer.

Anova Cancer CareAnova is recognized as an international leader in the treatment of prostate cancer and I am seeing patients with prostate cancer from other cities, states and countries who take advantage of my expertise. If you or someone you care about has prostate cancer, you deserve the same opportunity.  I encourage any man who is diagnosed with prostate cancer to contact Anova to learn more about treatment options. Our professional and friendly clinical team will provide you with exceptional care.

Treatment of your prostate cancer with CyberKnife SBRT can make it possible for you to be able to enjoy the rest of your life after prostate cancer.

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