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 an overview of metastatic cancer and the CyberKnife® treatment approach. 

 

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 chances of survival.

Ask your doctor: If you are worried about recurrence, it’s important to ask your doctor about the realistic chances of your cancer coming back. Be sure to ask when and where it would be most likely to come back and request recurrence statistics for your specific type of disease.

Know the symptoms: Many of the symptoms associated with recurrent cancer are similar to the symptoms experienced the first time. If you notice the return of cancer symptoms you had before or any new or unusual pain that does not go away, see your doctor immediately. 

Routine screenings: If you are at high risk for a cancer recurrence, it’s important to maintain a routine schedule of check-ups with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend annual screenings or CT scans to periodically check for signs or evidence of cancer regrowth.

Visit the American Cancer Society website here to learn more about recurrent cancer or to access resources for cancer survivors.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.

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 with recurrent cancer, choosing a treatment option that will target an area previously treated with radiation while having a low impact on quality of life can be a difficult decision.

At Columbus CyberKnife, our retreatment approach involves multidisciplinary collaboration between doctors and specialists to determine optimal treatment options. A patient’s diagnosis, disease pattern and medical history are evaluated to help decide the best plan for retreatment specific to the patient’s individual needs.

Columbus CyberKnife uses CyberKnife® technology to treat primary and secondary tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery, an advanced radiation therapy technique that does not require anesthesia, incisions or a prolonged recovery period. Treatment is completed within five outpatient sessions, and patients typically return to their routines immediately following treatment.

Contact our center at (614) 898-8300 to find out if CyberKnife can be integrated into your treatment plan.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.

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 form of treatment, or in combination with other treatment methods.

You can read the full study here.

Columbus CyberKnife treats spinal tumors with SBRT using CyberKnife® technology. This non-invasive procedure is a treatment option that does not require sedation or surgery. Patients are treated within five treatment sessions and typically return to their normal routines immediately following each session.

Learn more about the advantages of CyberKnife treatment for spinal tumors here.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.