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Patient Resources: Questions to Ask Your Physician

cck logo copyReviewing 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 CyberKnife® treatment for my type of cancer? While each patient’s needs are unique, it’s important to ask your doctor why this treatment specifically benefits you. You can learn more about the basic information on the benefits of CyberKnife prior to your visit here.

How should I prepare for the treatment? Because each patient is different, your doctor will issue specific instructions on how best to prepare for treatment.

What should I expect during the treatment? Your doctor will take the time to explain the process in detail. Treatment will vary by patient, but CyberKnife procedures are painless, require no sedation and typically take between 30-90 minutes.

What is the next step? Your nurse will collaborate with the physicians involved in your care to provide an individual plan suited just for you. And your doctor can advise of all possible side effects and recovery needs prior to treatment.

Is there anything else we should address?  Expect your doctor to ask you questions so he or she can better understand your individual needs and concerns.  And make sure to leave time for your doctor to answer any questions you may have forgotten or didn’t think to ask.

The period leading up to cancer treatment can be scary and intimidating, but it’s important to remember that your input is an essential part of the process. Our team is focused on designing an individualized plan for your treatment. You can request additional information about our center 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 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 out how far the cancer may have progressed.

Prostate cancer is staged using the TNM system, established by the American Joint Committee on Cancer. Five factors to stage prostate cancer are used:

  • The size of the tumor or “T”
  • The presence of cancer in nearby lymph nodes or “N”
  • Whether the cancer has metastasized “M”
  • The PSA level at diagnosis
  • Gleason score based on a biopsy or surgery

Prostate_Cancer_Staging copyProstate cancer can also be categorized as “high risk,” “intermediate risk” or “low risk.” To learn about these groupings, visit the Prostate Cancer Research Institute.

To learn more about prostate cancer staging, visit the American Cancer Society’s website and talk to your doctor.

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.

Tips for Offering Support to Patients During Prostate Cancer Treatment

CCK_ACS_Logo_ copyA cancer diagnosis of a friend or family member can be a confusing and emotional experience. If a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the first steps is understanding how you can offer support as well as how you can receive support for yourself.

While it can be challenging to provide support for a patient, here are some tips:

  • Don’t allow the cancer diagnosis to change your relationship: Treat the person with cancer as you normally would. Showing your interest and listening without being demanding can ease a patient’s cancer experience.
  • Learn about prostate cancer: To ensure your loved one has all the information they need to make informed decisions, be sure to educate yourself on the main facts about prostate cancer and treatment options.
  • Connect them with a community: Help your loved one build relationships with other cancer patients, survivors and physicians to help them navigate through this experience.
  • Seek help for yourself: Personal upkeep is necessary when caring for a loved one with prostate cancer. It is easier to maintain a positive attitude with enough sleep and a healthy lifestyle. Taking advantage of yoga, meditation or talking with a friend can help families and caregivers navigate the treatment process.

The American Cancer Society offers additional tips on ways to offer support for prostate cancer patients. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is another great source that provides resources to help men and their families better understand prostate cancer and how to stay healthy.

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.

Columbus CyberKnife Upgrades Cancer Fighting Technology

cck logoWe 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 accuracy, quicker treatment times for patients and better avoidance of healthy tissue during treatment.

Additionally, our new CyberKnife technology includes the Lung Optimization Treatment (LOT) System, which expands our ability to treat lung tumors in certain types of patients. The LOT system is a major advancement that opens CyberKnife treatment to more lung cancer patients who may not have previously been candidates due to other health issues.

Opened in 2010 in partnership with Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, we offer the only CyberKnife treatment program in Columbus.

For more information about our center, 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 Foundation: Nutrition and Wellness Guide

Prostate Cancer FoudnationCan 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 foods may benefit men who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation website for information on nutritional strategies that may help prevent and fight prostate cancer. You will also find delicious recipes, menu ideas and nutrition tips.

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.

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.

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To view CyberKnife treatment overviews for various cancer types, check out our YouTube channel.

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.

2014 NCCN Guidelines® for Prostate Cancer

CCKThe 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 advance the fight against cancer. Consisting of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers, the NCCN is dedicated to research that improves the quality of cancer care.

Our medical director Dr. Doug Widman says it’s exciting to see SBRT included in the 2014 NCCN prostate cancer guidelines as an emerging alternative treatment modality to conventional radiation. “When seeking treatment for prostate cancer, it’s important for men to educate themselves on the treatment options available for their diagnosis. For those who are candidates, SBRT is a nonsurgical alternative with little to no recovery time. Some men, particularly those who work or travel regularly, are drawn to these benefits of the treatment,” he said.

You can find additional information about the NCCN guidelines 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.

Upcoming Event: ALA Fight for Air Climb

OKCK - ACS SU2C LogoIf 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 choose to do extreme and ultimate climbs by running or walking the tower. Funds raised from the event will support the ALA’s research, education and advocacy efforts aimed at finding new treatments and cures for lung diseases, such as lung cancer and asthma.

An estimated 9,760 people are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer in Ohio in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. If you or a loved one has faced lung disease, take the opportunity to get involved and support the “fight for air.”

For additional information, including a link to the registration page, visit the ALA Fight for Air Climb webpage.

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.

Columbus CyberKnife Scores High Marks on Recent Patient Satisfaction Survey

CCK Feb, 24- Patient Satisfaction Survey copyWe’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 of respondents also answered “Always” to the following survey questions:

  • Staff was courteous and respectful
  • Staff answered your questions in a way you could understand
  • Staff explained what to expect during treatment
  • Staff was sensitive to the personal difficulties of having cancer and undergoing treatment
  • Physician was courteous and respectful

At Columbus CyberKnife, we are proud of the exceptional care and commitment our physicians and caring staff provide to our patients. Thanks to all of our patients who shared feedback!

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.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Releases New Guidelines

CCK, Feb 17As 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 and are dedicated to research that improves the quality of cancer care.

Our team at Columbus CyberKnife is excited about the update NCCN made to its 2014 guidelines including SBRT as a recommended treatment for prostate cancer as it demonstrates acceptance and support of SBRT from a leading, world-renown coalition of cancer centers. SBRT treatment for prostate cancer involves no more than five treatment sessions with minimal disruption to normal activities.

Read more about the NCCN and their guidelines 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.