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 an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.
Lung cancer makes up more than a quarter of total cases treated at Columbus CyberKnife. Our center offers a noninvasive treatment option for lung cancer called stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology. To read more about our experience treating lung cancer, click here.
To read more about the recommendation, view the draft for public comment.
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.
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:
Columbus CyberKnife treats lung tumors with stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology. Read more about the treatment here.
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.
Columbus CyberKnife treats certain metastases with stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology. Our center is proud to provide a treatment option to breast cancer patients whose cancer has spread to other areas such as the brain or lungs. Read more about the CyberKnife treatment process here.
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 when a painful episode will occur, and pain can often be caused by everyday activities like chewing and swallowing.
Below are a few facts on the disorder and ways to support loved ones with TN:
Former Columbus CyberKnife patient Willie Burroughs shared her story of living with TN and undergoing treatment at our center with WCMH-NBC4. Watch her story in a video here.
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 American Male Wellness Walk.
Dr. Douglas Widman, medical director of Columbus CyberKnife, recommends these steps to monitoring and maintaining one’s prostate health:
Here’s how you and your loved ones can participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month:
Learn how Columbus CyberKnife treats prostate cancer here.
Local cancer patients can receive and give support through a number of events and offerings with The Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and education to cancer patients and their families. The organization is a combination of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club and is one of 62 Cancer Support Community chapters around the U.S. Their goal is to provide support, hope and a sense of control to patients.
CSC hosts various routine wellness programs including cancer-smart cooking, exercise classes and caregiver support groups. A licensed facilitator hosts each support group or program to encourage a caring and uplifting environment. The organization also recently launched a survivorship program in central Ohio. Proceeds from events benefit cancer wellness programs, which are provided at no cost to patients.
To view upcoming events and learn more about the CSC, visit their website.
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 treatment, managing symptoms and coordinating appointments and treatment schedules.
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 medicine I wanted to practice, my father-in-law encouraged me to look at the field. He is a retired radiation oncologist and had much experience in the field.
What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the collaboration involved when treating patients. When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients are ready to listen to what I have to say about their treatment options and their overall prognosis. I think that discussion makes this job different from other types of medicine.
Describe one of your most memorable experiences since you began working at Columbus CyberKnife?
Patients are often excited and relieved when treatment is complete. We had a patient actually kiss the CyberKnife at the completion of his treatment!
What do you feel is the most important thing that Columbus CyberKnife offers?
The CyberKnife offers hope for many patients whose tumors would previously be considered inoperable. I think our center’s ability to help patients and ease their fears is very important.
How do you stay abreast of the latest medical developments?
It definitely takes effort to keep up with the newest information. Along with reading journals and attending meetings, I try to discuss new research with colleagues. Those discussions are often a rewarding way to sort out what is most important.
Watch Dr. Widman and our former patients discuss the CyberKnife treatment process in the video below.
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 the best course of treatment for each patient.
A surgeon is often a member of the CyberKnife team. Though not directly involved during treatment, the surgeon plays a crucial role in developing a patient’s treatment plan. Surgeons provide input on the most appropriate method to treat a tumor with CyberKnife and identify important structures and anatomy nearby. Using this collaborative method, patients can receive multiple opinions on their diagnosis and important information about their proposed treatment in one visit.
In some cases, CyberKnife can be used as a secondary treatment following surgery. For difficult-to-reach tumors, a surgeon may remove part of the affected area and then turn to CyberKnife to complete treatment. This combined treatment method can minimize the risk of a tumor recurring and reduce radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue.
Dr. Robert Gewirtz serves as the neurosurgical medical director at Columbus CyberKnife. Watch his explanation of brain tumor treatment for CyberKnife below.