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. As a patient, it’s important that men ask questions and seek guidance from a variety of trusted professionals to help make an informed treatment decision. This is particularly important when facing a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Following a prostate cancer diagnosis, you may be presented a few different treatment options. As you learn more about each option, consider consulting the perspective of a radiation oncologist before deciding on a treatment plan.

Meeting with a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer with radiation, such as a radiation oncologist, is an important step in feeling educated about the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Take time to ask questions that will help you understand how different treatments can affect you in the short and long term.

Columbus CyberKnife’s experienced team considers factors such as your medical and family history, current health, diagnosis and personal needs, before recommending options for an overall treatment plan. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would like a second opinion, call our center at (614) 898-8300.

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.

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 cancer patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife technology. For early stage prostate cancer patients, this treatment method offers unique benefits that allow patients to receive treatment with minimal disruption to their daily activities.

The CyberKnife pinpoints tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy and minimizes radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. CyberKnife’s advanced range of motion allows physicians to treat difficult-to-reach areas in the body. Most patients experience few to no side effects and return to their normal activities immediately following each session.

Read more about the CyberKnife study here or contact Columbus CyberKnife at (614) 898-8300 to learn about the CyberKnife treatment process for prostate cancer and whether you may be a candidate for treatment.

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.

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 health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.

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 decreased risk of death as a result of their disease compared with those who walked or cycled less.

A lead author of the study notes that, “An individual’s survival depends on many factors, but physical activity is one factor that individuals can modify. Hopefully, our study can motivate men to be physically active even after a prostate cancer diagnosis.”

You can read more about the study 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.

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, a common screening test for prostate cancer. While the screening test increased the number of diagnoses, the proportion of cases associated with family history remained the same before and after the advent of the PSA test.

After analyzing genealogic and medical data of 7.3 million individuals, authors of the study observed that two-thirds of Utah men have some increased risk of developing prostate cancer due to family history.

Read more about the study and the findings here.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact Columbus CyberKnife to set up a prostate cancer consultation visit and learn more about noninvasive CyberKnife® treatment.

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.

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 in the future.

The presentation below highlights the main risk factors for prostate cancer and provides lifestyle tips that may help lower your risk.

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.

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 fast growing than prostate cancers diagnosed in older men and can have a strong genetic link. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer before 60 is twice as likely to develop the cancer as well.

Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of treatments. When choosing a treatment approach, considering the potential side effects of certain procedures can help you determine the best option for your lifestyle.

Our center uses CyberKnife® technology to deliver precisely targeted, high-dose radiation to a patient’s prostate cancer. This specialized type of radiation therapy does not require surgery, sedation or a prolonged recovery time and is completed within five outpatient sessions. Side effects, if any, may include constipation and urinary retention during or after treatment, and are typically gone within a few weeks.

For more information about our treatment method for prostate cancer, please visit our conditions treated page 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.

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 Foundation, My Bridge 4 Life is a patient and caregiver support network that helps prostate cancer patients navigate their disease from diagnosis to recovery.

This supportive online tool allows patients to track their medical diagnosis, set goals, share tips with others, communicate with loved ones and document their progress through the four stages of illness: diagnosis, treatment, healing and wellness.

To read more about the user benefits of My Bridge 4 Life, or to explore other prostate cancer support resources, click 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.

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.

One of the many reasons the screening decision is so tricky is because unlike other cancers, prostate cancer is so slow growing that some men who have it will never be affected or harmed by it.

Due to the risk of urinary problems and erectile dysfunction associated with various treatment options for the disease, men who decide to be screened for prostate cancer could sustain permanent impairments from treating a cancer they never would have known they had.

Although the results of a large, long-term study did not support widespread screening for prostate cancer due to concerns of over diagnosis, it’s crucial to talk to your doctor about all the pros and cons that accompany PSA testing to determine if screening is right for you and your lifestyle.

When discussing screenings with your doctor, be sure to ask all questions you have about the screening process and treating prostate cancer while weighing factors such as your health, age and family history in the decision-making process.

Columbus CyberKnife treats prostate cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife® technology, an advanced radiation approach that can be completed in five or fewer treatments. For more information on CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer, click 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.

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 the cause by continuing the conversation on how men can prevent, monitor and treat prostate cancer. Our center treats prostate cancer with CyberKnife® stereotactic body radiation therapy. The treatment has been endorsed by leading clinical organizations including the American Society of Radiation Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

To learn more about how you can participate in Movember, click here. For more information about CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer, contact us.

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.