Men’s Health: Know Your Numbers

On average, women live longer than men and researchers estimate that the gap in longevity will continue.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women’s life expectancy is projected to reach 87.3 years by 2060, compared with 83.9 years for men. There are a few factors while the mortality rate for men is higher, but overall,

Recommended Cancer Screenings for Men

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging men to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to prevent disease.  The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of the month is to

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many cancer patients are having to make the difficult decision to continue with their current cancer regimen or delay treatments.  Cancer patients and physicians must carefully weigh the potential benefit of routine cancer care versus the risk of COVID-19. To help ease these decisions, several peer-reviewed, non-profit cancer care organizations

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Vernon’s Story

Vernon Traxler suffered from painful trigeminal neuralgia for over 16 years before he found relief with CyberKnife. Watch Vernon explain what those years felt like and how he feels now after being treated at Columbus CyberKnife.

Douglas W. Widman, M.D. Discusses Prostate Cancer on Daytime Columbus

Watch Douglas W. Widman, M.D., Medical Director and board-certified radiation oncologist at Columbus CyberKnife, discuss prostate cancer on Daytime Columbus. Dr. Widman talks about prostate cancer (risk factors, signs and symptoms, and current stats), how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and CyberKnife treatment benefits for patients.

The Silent Killer: Randy Heim’s Prostate Patient Testimonial

Maybe it’s the bright blue Mohawk that catches people’s attention.  Maybe it’s the prostate cancer ribbon on the back of his head.  Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the gray sweatshirt with the words “Get Your Man Gland Checked” written out in blue letters that stops people in their tracks.  Either way, Randy Heim is getting

Douglas W. Widman, M.D. Discusses Prostate Cancer on Daytime Columbus

In honor of September being National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Douglas W. Widman, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist and Medical Director at Columbus CyberKnife, was a guest on Daytime Columbus to discuss prostate cancer. Watch Dr. Widman cover prostate cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, and current stats, how the disease is treated with the CyberKnife®

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Sexual Function

When deciding which treatment option is best for their prostate cancer, men take numerous factors into consideration.  While their physician’s recommendation does play an important role in the treatment decision, in the end, most men make the choice that is best for them.  That choice is often based on treatment outcomes and side effects, and

Studies Show CyberKnife Provides Excellent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates in Five or Fewer Sessions

Accuray Incorporated, developer and manufacturer of the CyberKnife® System, announced that published data from two multicenter studies using differing protocols provide consistent results and reinforce the use of the CyberKnife system for the effective management of low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.  The studies are the largest conducted to date evaluating stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Study Finds SBRT Better than Surgery in Post-Treatment Lung Cancer Survival

In a recent new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with non-small cell lung cancer who underwent stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) had a better post-treatment survival rate than those who received surgery. The gold standard for the treatment

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

Dr. Heuser's CyberKnife Story

Watch general surgeon, Dr. Louis Heuser, talk about why he chose CyberKnife for the treatment of his prostate cancer. Dr. Heuser was very happy with the quick treatments and the fact that he was able to stay close to home and continue to work and see his patients. It’s Your Prostate, Your Cancer, Your Choice.

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Columbus CyberKnife: Treat Prostate Cancer in 5 Treatments

Watch Douglas W. Widman, M.D., Medical Director at Columbus CyberKnife, and Thomas, a CyberKnife patient, talk about how CyberKnife is an excellent treatment option for prostate cancer. CyberKnife is as effective as surgery and is completed in only 5 outpatient treatment sessions compared to the 44 you have with traditional radiation therapy. In addition, CyberKnife

Radiosurgery Society Study Examines Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Outcomes in the Treatment of Lung Metastases

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a non-profit medical society dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of radiosurgery, recently published a study using data from its RSSearch Patient Registry, a multi-institutional, observational registry established to standardize data collection from patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The study was titled

The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

A recent article from CancerConnect.com, a patient-focused cancer website, suggests that if you have been diagnosed with cancer, seeking a second opinion will allow you to learn more about your cancer type and make truly informed decisions about treatment. The article recommends that all cancer patients should consider seeing at least one additional expert after

SBRT Offers Prostate Cancer Patients High Cancer Control and Low Toxicity in Fewer Treatments

According to research presented at the recent 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high dose stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for men newly-diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer results in shorter treatment times, low severe toxicity, and excellent cancer control rates.    Although prostate tumors generally respond well to radiation

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

Shorter Radiation Regimen Gets Same Results as Conventional Treatment

Researchers at the 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium reported that a recent 2016 study found that prostate cancer radiation regimen that delivers less radiation over a shorter period of time still provides equivalent oncologic control for low-risk patients as does conventional radiation schemes.  For the study, published last month in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure

According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, a five-year study shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches.  The study, the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer, found a 98.6 percent

Prostate Cancer Treated More Aggressively in the City

According to a recent study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, urban men with localized prostate cancer may be more likely to get surgery or radiation than their rural peers.  Men had 23 percent higher odds of getting these aggressive treatments when they lived in densely populated U.S. counties than if they

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Study Found Proteins in Urine Can Indicate Pancreatic Cancer

According to a recent study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, researchers have found three proteins in urine that indicate early stage pancreatic cancer.  For the study, researchers analyzed 488 urine samples, including 192 from patients with pancreatic cancer, 92 from patients with chronic pancreatitis, and 87

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife Technology

According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.  It is also one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Supports SBRT for Prostate Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently updated their patient guide that supports stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care for patients with cancer.   NCCN aims

Columbus CyberKnife Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

This month, Columbus CyberKnife honors five years of cancer care since opening on the campus of hospital partner Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. Over the past five years, our physicians and staff have worked to connect with the community and spread awareness of CyberKnife® treatment among patients in Ohio and beyond. Below are a few

Men’s Health Week: Prostate Cancer and Second Opinions

June 15 – 21 is honored as Men’s Health Week, dedicated to raising awareness for all aspects of men’s health. At Columbus CyberKnife, we work to educate our patients on the importance of seeking a second opinion. When developing treatment plans, we consult specialists from various areas of cancer care to offer a well-rounded approach.

Metastatic Lung Cancer: CyberKnife Treatment Effective According to Recent Study

In a recent study examining the efficacy of CyberKnife® for the treatment of lung cancer metastases, researchers determined that patients may experience better local control and low toxicity. The study results were drawn from a retrospective analysis of 95 patients with 134 lung metastases treated with CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). This treatment method

New Study Shows CyberKnife Effective for Localized Prostate Cancer

A recent prostate cancer study examined the outcomes of CyberKnife® treatment for low and immediate risk patients with early stage prostate cancer. Researchers examined the cases of 32 patients over a two-year period. After receiving CyberKnife treatment, patients experienced lower toxicity levels and fewer instances of recurrence for years following treatment. Columbus CyberKnife treats prostate

Patient Perspectives: ‘How Will the Treatment Affect my Daily Routine?’

At Columbus CyberKnife, a key part of our consultation and treatment process is educating our patients on what they can expect before, during and after treatment. One common question our care team hears from patients is “how will the treatment affect my daily routine?” For some patients, maintaining a daily routine is important, particularly for

Words From Our Patients: Prostate Cancer Treatment at Columbus CyberKnife

Columbus CyberKnife offers patients an effective and convenient cancer treatment option completed in five or fewer sessions with minimal disruption to normal activities. Watch the video below to hear about the experience of Ward, a former CyberKnife prostate cancer patient. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your

Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week: How CyberKnife Can Help

Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week 2015 is celebrated nationwide May 10 – 16. According to the Acoustic Neuroma Association, acoustic neuroma is a slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. This nerve is called the vestibular cochlear nerve and is located behind the ear, right under the brain. Typical symptoms include

Recent Studies Support CyberKnife Treatment for Neurological Diseases

Two studies presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) reinforce the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery for neurological diseases using the CyberKnife® system. Neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Conti of Italy used CyberKnife technology to treat perioptic meningioma, a type of benign tumor that arises from the membranes that surround the

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Treatment Options for Recurrent Tumors

Each May, communities come together to honor Brain Tumor Awareness Month by spotlighting those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis and the need for greater understanding of the disease and its treatment options. Columbus CyberKnife is joining the efforts to increase understanding for one specific case – recurrent brain tumors. Recurrent brain tumors occur when

Study: Physical Activity Linked to Improved Prostate Cancer Survival Rate

A recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that physical activity improves survival rates for men with localized prostate cancer. Researchers analyzed data from 4,623 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and found that men who walked or cycled for 20 minutes or more a day had a 39 percent

National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week: Treatment Information

April 13th is the start of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, a week-long observance that focuses on promoting education and awareness around the different types of cancers of the head, neck and mouth. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 68,000 men and women are expected to be diagnosed with a

Prostate Cancer Predictors: A Recap of Findings from Recent Study

Prostate cancer incidence among distant relatives on both sides of a man’s family can help predict whether he will develop the disease, according to a recent study published in the journal Prostate. Researchers from the University of Utah discovered that family history was just as effective at predicting disease incidence as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test,

Patient Education: Why Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer

While smoking is one of the main contributing factors to a lung cancer diagnosis, non-smokers can still be at risk. The American Cancer Society estimates that 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S. have never smoked. Other than smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon or having a family history of

Get the Facts About Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have a family history, lifestyle or other factors that indicate you may be at greater risk for prostate cancer, it’s important to take preventive steps that may help reduce your risk of developing the disease

Common Patient Questions: ˜What is 'Local Control?'

If you or a loved one is preparing to undergo cancer treatment and have been presented with various treatment options, one of the many medical terms you may have heard is “local control.” This term refers to cancer that hasn’™t grown and progressed and remains at the original tumor site. Radiation is used for local

Spotlight On: CyberKnife Treatment for Kidney Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 61,500 new cases of kidney cancer are expected in 2015. In recognition of National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Columbus CyberKnife encourages patients and their loved ones to learn about the disease and treatment options. At Columbus CyberKnife, we treat kidney cancer with a procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy

Presentation: Metastatic Cancer and CyberKnife

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancer cells in the primary tumor site break off and spread to other parts of the body via the blood or lymphatic system. For patients recently diagnosed with metastatic cancer, choosing an optimal treatment method that fits your specific needs and lifestyle is an important next step. The presentation below provides

National Cancer Prevention Month: The Importance of Screenings

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a time to promote education around preventive measures and lifestyle tips that may reduce the chance of a cancer occurrence. Although screenings won’t actively prevent cancer, they are an important resource available to patients and a key tool for early detection. Regular screenings may increase the chance of detecting

February 4 is World Cancer Day

With a goal of raising awareness of cancer, prevention methods and treatment options, February 4 is recognized annually as World Cancer Day. Health organizations and cancer societies around the globe honor this day through community events and localized initiatives aimed at mobilizing support and raising funds for the fight against cancer.  If you or a

Infographic: 2015 Cancer Facts and Figures for Ohio

The American Cancer Society recently released its 2015 Facts & Figures Report, an annual publication that provides estimated cancer statistics for the year ahead. The infographic below outlines projected numbers of new lung and prostate cancer cases and total estimated new cases in the state of Ohio and the U.S. If you or a loved

Recurrent Cancer: Steps for Early Detection

For many cancer survivors, the thought of a possible recurrence can weigh heavily on the mind after completing treatment. Although the risk of recurrence is different for each person and depends on many factors, the steps below are some actions survivors can take to improve their chances of detecting a recurrence early and increasing their

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Before 60

While 65 percent of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65, men much younger than that age group are still at risk for developing early-onset prostate cancer, the distinct type of the disease that affects men under the age of 55.   Early onset prostate cancer can be more aggressive and

Radiation Effectiveness: A Look at The Precision of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Columbus CyberKnife treats a variety of malignant and benign tumors with a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). SBRT is performed with CyberKnife® technology, an advanced radiosurgery system that noninvasively delivers radiation beams directly to tumors with sub-millimeter precision. This results in minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue and may

Early-Stage Lung Cancer: Study Shows Effectiveness of SBRT

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic recently completed a decade-long study that followed long-term toxicity results in patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy for medically inoperable, early-stage lung cancer. The study demonstrated that SBRT can reduce the growth and spread of a primary, early-stage lung tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue. The data

Resources for Prostate Cancer Patients: My Bridge 4 Life

Whether it’s you or a loved one, facing a prostate cancer diagnosis can be intimidating and overwhelming. But thanks to online resources, patients now have more opportunities than ever to connect with others, access more information about their disease and seek support from the prostate cancer community. Created from a partnership with the Prostate Cancer

When Cancer Comes Back: How CyberKnife Can Help

When faced with a cancer recurrence, patients may experience many of the same feelings they went through upon learning of their initial diagnosis. Though feelings of shock and distress are normal, patients can feel hopeful that there are now more ways to target the recurrent cancer while reducing treatment times and minimizing side effects. For patients

Screening for Prostate Cancer: The Pros and Cons of PSA Testing

For men 50 years and older, the decision to undergo prostate cancer screening can often be a difficult decision due to the varying pros and cons associated with testing. Although the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, is currently the main screening method used to detect prostate cancer, it may not be right for everyone.

Top 5 Benefits of CyberKnife Treatment

Columbus CyberKnife offers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat various types of malignant and benign tumors throughout the head, neck and body. This treatment is delivered with advanced CyberKnife® technology, a state-of-the-art system that treats tumors with high-dose radiation precisely targeted to the tumor. For patients seeking a treatment option

20th Anniversary of CyberKnife Technology

Columbus CyberKnife is proud to commemorate the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife® technology in 2014. Developed in 1994 at Stanford by Dr. John Adler, the concept was conceived with the goal of treating tumors throughout the body with radiosurgery, a treatment that at the time was restricted to head and neck tumors. Key CyberKnife milestones: The

Prostate Cancer: The Movember Movement

November marks the annual Movember movement. With more than 4 million participants worldwide, the campaign aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Each year men across the globe vow not to shave for 30 days while raising funds for men’s health issues including mental health and prostate cancer. At Columbus CyberKnife, our team supports

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Spotlight on Metastatic Cancer

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to quit smoking, educate loved ones and raise awareness for the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. More than 9,700 Ohio residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. If lung cancer is discovered at a

Considerations When Choosing a Treatment for Prostate Cancer

After receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis, it’s common for patients to take action immediately. For some prostate cancer patients, the disease is slow growing and allows for more time to make an informed treatment decision. When discussing options with your doctor an important factor is the overall effectiveness of the treatment method in treating the

A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Why Speaking to a Radiation Oncologist is Important

When a prostate cancer diagnosis is suspected, patients typically see a general physician and a urologist who then recommends potential treatment options based on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer. Before choosing a treatment, radiation oncologists also play an important role in helping to inform and determine treatment options. Radiation oncologists

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Spotlight on Metastatic Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness for the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer may have advanced and spread beyond the confines of the breast. The most common sites for metastasis, or spread, of primary

Comparing Cancer Treatments: CyberKnife vs. Proton Therapy

Patients seeking an advanced treatment option for a cancer diagnosis may compare CyberKnife® and proton therapy. While both are known for their precision and minimal side effects, each targets tumors differently. CyberKnife is an advanced technology that performs stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, high doses of radiation are delivered to tumors with sub-millimeter precision,

Clinical Study: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) can be an effective treatment for brain metastases, which are tumors that develop in the brain from cancer cells that have spread from another area in the body. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle released data that indicated a potential for improved survival rates for patients with brain metastases who

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

More than 8,600 men in Ohio will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and support for the fight against the disease. Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have

Benefits of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Metastatic Brain Tumors

Data released by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle showed a potential for improved survival rates for patients with brain metastases who receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The study compared SRS to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in 413 patients who were diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer and had fewer than four brain metastases. Researchers

Wellpoint Anthem Updates Policy to Include Coverage of SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the second largest commercial payer in the United States, recently announced that it has updated its SRS/SBRT policy to cover treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is a powerful, noninvasive treatment approach that targets radiation beams to match the size and shape of

Research Update: Palliative Care for Metastatic Spinal Tumors

In a recent study titled, “Palliative Strategies for the Management of Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors,” researchers examined the methods of treatment for spinal tumor patients who experienced discomfort. The study notes that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) assisted patients with long-term pain reduction and increased local control of the disease either as the primary

Patient Education: Prostate Cancer Screenings

Prostate cancer screening plays an important role in cancer detection because it allows the disease to be detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for a successful treatment outcome greater. However, there are some limits in screening for prostate cancer. It is important to note that because the two tests most

Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment: CyberKnife and Gamma Knife Overview

Trigeminal neuralgia is a painfully debilitating neuropathic disorder. Commonly referred to as TN, the condition is a disorder of the trigeminal, or fifth cranial, nerve that controls sensation in the face. TN patients experience episodes of intense, electroshock-like pain on either side of the face, in the forehead or along the jaw. TN is usually

Patient Support: Influential Prostate Cancer Bloggers

Often, the best insights for patients and families seeking support for a prostate cancer diagnosis come from survivors and others who have experienced the disease firsthand. Online blogs have become a valuable resource for patients who wish to connect to others in the cancer community for advice and emotional support. We have identified a few

American Cancer Society: 2014 Cancer Statistics

Prostate cancer accounts for about 1 in 6 newly diagnosed cancers each year among men in the United States. In 2014, an estimated 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 8,690 Ohio men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis this year. Each

Understanding the Stages of Cancer

Determining the stage of cancer is a very important step after someone is diagnosed with cancer. Staging is used to describe the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, which helps doctors determine a prognosis and the best course of treatment. Common Staging Procedures and Types: The most common staging is TNM, which designates three

Benefits of CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patients

Columbus CyberKnife strives to be a resource for prostate cancer patients looking to find out more about how CyberKnife® treatment can benefit them. Below are some common questions and answers about the CyberKnife technology. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options? A major advantage of this technology is its ability to offer patients a noninvasive

American College of Radiology Updates Guidelines, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy For Prostate Cancer Viewed Favorably

The American College of Radiology recently updated its Appropriateness Criteria (guidelines) for early stage prostate cancer indicating that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) may help patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the report, “There are growing data to suggest that hypofractionation on a dose-per-fraction less than 3.0 Gy per fraction is reasonably safe and

Columbus CyberKnife Recognizes Four Years of Service to Cancer Patients

This month, Columbus CyberKnife celebrates four years of service to the area’s cancer patient community. Since opening in 2010, Columbus CyberKnife, in partnership with Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, has treated more than 900 patients. While lung and brain tumors are frequently treated diseases, we also treat cancer of the prostate, spine, pancreas, kidney and

Men's Health Week: Tips for Maintaining Prostate Health

Men’s Health Week is celebrated June 9-15, the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. According to the Men’s Health Week website, the purpose of this week is to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.” In honor of Men’s Health Week, Columbus

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

The right treatment option for prostate cancer can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including the age, health and lifestyle of the patient. The stage, grade of the tumor and Gleason score are also important factors. To learn more about prostate cancer treatment options and how CyberKnife treats prostate cancer in five or

Early Detection Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Not all prostate cancer diagnoses are the same, so it is important to learn more about early detection for the disease. Since some prostate cancers may grow slowly without causing harm, men should be fully informed on the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of cancer screening before making a decision to undergo testing for prostate

Patient Resources: Questions to Ask Your Physician

Reviewing your medical history with your doctor and ensuring you have correct information can help you make informed decisions about your treatment options. At Columbus CyberKnife, we encourage you to prepare a list of questions before your consultation. Here are a few questions you may want to ask your doctor: What is the benefit of

Prostate Cancer: The TNM Staging System

According to the American Cancer Society, the stage of a man’s prostate cancer is one of the most important factors in choosing treatment options and predicting an outlook. The stage is based on the prostate biopsy results (including the Gleason score), the PSA level, and any other exams or tests that were done to find

Columbus CyberKnife Upgrades Cancer Fighting Technology

We are excited to announce that we have upgraded our technology to provide our patients with the best cancer fighting equipment available. CyberKnife® is a robotic technology that performs stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive method of treating tumors with high-dose radiation in five or fewer procedures. The capabilities of the more advanced technology allow for greater

Prostate Cancer Foundation: Nutrition and Wellness Guide

Can eating the right foods help in the fight against prostate cancer? While studies are ongoing, there is some evidence showing that eating a healthy diet and participating in physical activity can improve your health and help you maintain a healthy weight. The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s nutrition and wellness guide shares valuable resources on which

How Does CyberKnife Work?

Though the name may summon images of knives or scalpels, CyberKnife® treatment requires no surgery or sedation. CyberKnife technology delivers pinpoint high-dose radiation to tumors in five or fewer outpatient procedures. Below is a look at how the CyberKnife’s components work together to treat tumors throughout the body non-surgically.    To view CyberKnife treatment overviews

2014 NCCN Guidelines® for Prostate Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® now include stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment option for prostate cancer. Developed and updated annually by nearly 950 clinical professionals, the guidelines help individuals involved in cancer care, including physicians, nurses, patients and their families, with the decision-making process intended to

Upcoming Event: ALA Fight for Air Climb

If you ever dreamed of climbing 40 floors, or about 880 steps for a good cause, now is your chance. The America Lung Association (ALA) Fight for Air Climb, scheduled for March 5 at Rhodes Tower in Columbus, is one of many events across the nation designed to raise awareness of lung disease. Climbers can

Columbus CyberKnife Scores High Marks on Recent Patient Satisfaction Survey

We’re excited to share results of our recent patient satisfaction survey. Responses from 45 patients treated during the fourth quarter of 2013 show that 100 percent would recommend our services to others seeking cancer treatment. This is the fifth consecutive quarter where 100 percent of patients surveyed would recommend our services to others. 100 percent

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Releases New Guidelines

As of January 2014, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) updated its NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® to include stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment option for prostate cancer. NCCN is an alliance of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers. These institutions work together to develop treatment guidelines for many cancers

SBRT Endorsed for Prostate Cancer by ASTRO

The American Society for Radiation Oncology recently endorsed stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a first-line treatment option for prostate cancer, highlighting SBRT as a primary form of treatment for prostate cancer. Columbus CyberKnife performs SBRT using CyberKnife technology, which delivers precisely targeted, high-dose radiation beams to the prostate. Radiation exposure to healthy cells is

Best Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Columbus is experiencing one of the coldest and wettest winters in decades, which is causing an increase in the number of people affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD affects one in four people, including children. Symptoms usually cause people to feel more tired, melancholy, moody or anxious. You can help beat the winter blues

Patient Resources: Central Ohio Men Against Prostate Cancer

Central Ohio Men Against Prostate Cancer is a community-based non-profit organization with the goal to increase prostate cancer awareness and reduce disparities in prostate cancer among minorities and medically underserved. Founded in 2004, the organization has hosted a number of screening events, research fundraisers and education seminars and Columbus CyberKnife is proud to have partnered

From Our SlideShare: Stages of Prostate Cancer

Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, but understanding your stage of cancer is an essential part of a faster road to recovery. View our presentation below to learn more about the stages of prostate cancer and what treatment options may be available to you. Stages of Prostate Cancer from Columbus CyberKnife

Cancer Research Update: Prostate Cancer Studies

If you’re considering stereotactic body radiation therapy for your prostate cancer diagnosis, below are a few recently published studies to help you learn more about how CyberKnife can help you. If you have any questions, please call or request more information. — Georgetown University published the results of their study titled, “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Columbus CyberKnife Reports Increased Numbers of Lung Cancer Treatments

Columbus CyberKnife has treated more than 70 lung cancer cases this year with increased volume last quarter. The center has drawn patients from around the region seeking a noninvasive alternative to traditional lung cancer treatment. On the heels of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, the center aimed to raise awareness of CyberKnife® treatment for

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness for the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 10,230 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Ohio this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Shine a Light

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each October, the breast cancer community gathers to raise awareness and garner support for the fight against breast cancer. There are many ways to support the more than 232,340 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Below is a round up of events and resources in the Columbus area. Get Active. On

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

October 7 is Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Awareness Day. Though rare, TN is a debilitating nerve disorder that is also called the “suicide disease” due to the intense pain patients experience. TN is caused when a blood vessel compresses the fifth cranial nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. Patients are unable to predict

Columbus CyberKnife Offers Tips for Maintaining Prostate Health

In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Columbus CyberKnife aims to raise awareness of the disease and educate local men on treatment options. The cancer treatment center has treated nearly 30 men for prostate cancer this year using stereotactic body radiation therapy and recently assisted with screening more than 160 men at the 9th Annual

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This week marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for research and educating men on how to maintain their prostate health. Here’s how you and your loved ones can participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Be informed. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American

Patient Resources: Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio

Determining a diagnosis and seeking treatment are important steps in the process of healing, but support from friends and loved ones can have the biggest impact on a patient’s quality of life. Local cancer patients can receive and give support through a number of events and offerings with The Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio,

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the CyberKnife Nurse

From the initial consultation with our treatment team to follow-up appointments with your CyberKnife® physician, the CyberKnife nurse works to address the needs and concerns of the patient. The CyberKnife nurse provides clinical support and care coordination for patients. This includes assisting the CyberKnife radiation oncologist during patient consultation, educating patients and families in preparation for

Get to Know: Medical Director Dr. Douglas Widman

Columbus CyberKnife medical director Dr. Douglas Widman is experienced in treating patients using CyberKnife® technology. He is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and has a special interest in stereotactic radiosurgery. Learn more about his experience since joining Columbus CyberKnife. What first drew you to radiation oncology?While I was deciding what type of

The Multidisciplinary Approach: Role of the Surgeon

When developing treatment plans for patients, our CyberKnife® team uses a multispecialty approach. Experts from various fields, including radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgery, are called on to participate in creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient. This coordinated care approach benefits patients by involving doctors with different perspectives who collaborate to decide on

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

At Columbus CyberKnife, medical physicists play a key role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of our CyberKnife® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by

Columbus CyberKnife Celebrates Third Anniversary at Mount Carmel St. Ann's

This month Columbus CyberKnife completes three years of operations as a service of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. Since opening in 2010, the center has treated hundreds of patients throughout the region with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife® technology. Columbus CyberKnife offers the only CyberKnife program in Central Ohio and is one of

Celebrate Men's Health Month in June

June is Men’s Health Month! This time is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems men may encounter through health education, fundraising and advocacy efforts promoting early detection and treatment of disease. Here’s how you can get involved: Wear blue. The Men’s Health Network created the initiative to support men’s health efforts. Learn more

Columbus CyberKnife participates in Wake Up To Wellness Event

Columbus CyberKnife took part in the Cancer Support Community Central Ohio presentation “Wake Up to Wellness: Living Healthy With, Through and Beyond Cancer” at Wexner Heritage Village. The event highlighted the importance of mental and physical wellbeing while undergoing cancer treatment. Guests participated in a variety of discussions, including presentations on healthy eating, breathing exercises

Research Notes: High-dose Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Effective, Quick for Localized Prostate Cancer

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, researchers found that men with organ-confined prostate cancer can be treated successfully with stereotactic body radiation therapy. The five-year, 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

Prostate Cancer Series: Treatment Options

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 more

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

When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients should consult their doctor to learn more about the best treatment for their diagnosis. Consultation is a key part of making an informed treatment decision given the impact different forms of treatment can have on a patient’s quality of life. There are several different treatment options available depending on

Spotlight On: Lung Cancer Treatment

As the most common cancer diagnosis in the world, lung cancer will be detected in nearly 220,000 people this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer kills more people annually than breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Other risk factors can include secondhand

Spotlight On: The CyberKnife Treatment Process

In the fight against cancer, CyberKnife® provides an important alternative for patients seeking a nonsurgical option with shorter treatment times, fewer side effects and a more rapid recovery. Our center uses a team approach to patient care in which physicians and other team members collaborate to develop a customized CyberKnife treatment plan to best suit

Spotlight on: Brain Tumors

According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery is an advanced treatment option for brain tumors, providing an important nonsurgical alternative for patients. Below is a brief overview of brain tumors, incidence rates and treatment options.     The

Lung Cancer Awareness Important for Prevention, Early Detection

As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition of National Lung

Breast Cancer Awareness: Treatment Options When Breast Cancer Spreads

As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. The American Cancer Society estimates 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer is likely

Prostate Cancer Treatment Advancements Improve Survivorship

One in six men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime, totaling to 240,000 new cases this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have allowed nearly eight times as many men to count themselves as survivors of the pervasive disease. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness

Columbus CyberKnife participates in African American Male Wellness Walk

  Columbus CyberKnife was a proud participant of the 8th annual African American Male Wellness Walk. Attendees participated in a five-mile walk/run and children were invited to a “Kids’ Stay Well Walk.” Established to promote African American men’s health, the event offered free health screenings and a review of results for participants. To see additional

Columbus 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.

Columbus CyberKnife focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of

Columbus CyberKnife Highlights Healthy Living for National Cancer Control Month

In support of April as Cancer Control Month, Columbus CyberKnife is encouraging Ohio residents to use a proactive approach to a healthy lifestyle. Cancer Control Month highlights the progress in fighting cancer and increases awareness of who is at risk. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month seek to encourage healthy lifestyles, promote cancer screening, increase