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Cyberknife of Long Island Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Published on Apr 27, 2011

The challenge that doctors face when treating prostate cancer with radiation therapy is that the prostate moves unpredictably as air passes through the rectum and as the bladder empties and fills. Minimizing any large movements of the prostate will reduce unnecessary irradiation of surrounding healthy tissue.
The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System at Cyberknife of Long Island is overcomes this challenge by continuously identifying the exact location of the prostate throughout the the treatment. This treatment is sometimes referred to as a robotic radiosurgery (stereotactic radiosurgery). During each CyberKnife treatment, a patient can lie still and breathe normally while the doctor zeroes in on a moving target - the prostate - and irradiates it without harming surrounding areas. As a result, the procedure is more comfortable for patients, radiation is delivered more accurately and treatments can be completed in less than one week.

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