Cyberknife for Prostate Cancer - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Cyberknife for Prostate Cancer Details

Prostate gland plays a very important role in maintaining sexual potency of a man. It provides nutritional medium and liquid medium for the discharge of sperm cells during ejaculation. It is this medium that facilitates the movement and travel of sperm inside the body of a female. Prostate can develop benign (tumorous) or malignant (spreading) cancer. Cyberknife is usually prescribed for benign cancers. The treatment is non-invasive and requires no incisions, hospitalization, and blood loss etc., the dosage of radiation is determined by the doctor after completing the process of diagnosis

Before Cyberknife for Prostate Cancer

Your doctor will ask you to undergo certain diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of the prostate cancer. One of the most common test is to check the PSA (prostate-specific-antigen) levels in the body. The elevated levels of PSA means presence of this particular problem. If the cancer is benign (non-spreading) in nature, then your doctor might suggest you to consider this procedure. Your doctor will take the decision after considering your health condition and discussing about your previous illnesses. Your doctor will ask you take certain imaging tests to help identify the exact location of the tumour.

How it is performed

The images taken during MRI and other imaging tests are used to construct 3Dimages of the prostate to pinpoint the affected area. These images are then used for guiding the cyberknife robot/machine to target the radiation on to the prostate gland. Prostate gland moves unpredictably because of the movement of bladder and because of the gas in the intestines, the Cyberknife machine has the ability to track its movement and to ensure that the radiation is being delivered only to the target area. The procedure requires you to lay down on the bed in a desired and comfortable position and then the operator in the operating rooms guides the machine to work as required, the machine has the ability to rotate around the body and to deliver radiation from most extreme angles as well. The procedure does not require any incision, hospitalization or suturing etc., you can go home the same day.

Recovery

As the procedure is non-invasive, it does not require any hospitalization and is an outpatient procedure. However, your doctor might keep you under observation for some time. You can go the same day and can continue with the usual activities. It always suggested to not to engage in the strenuous activities and to follow the routine suggested by your doctor.

Potential Risks

The treatment is non-invasive, so there is no risk of clinical infections, excessive bleeding or any other symptoms usually associated with surgeries. The patient, however, may feel discomfort because of the radiations that were used to treat the problem. The usual side effects include Constipation, fecal incontinence, Urinary retention, Blood in stool, Injury to rectal or bladder wall / nearby tissue, Erectile dysfunction. You should discuss with your doctor regarding any discomfort that you might feel.

Cost for Cyberknife for Prostate Cancer

India from $9,000

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