Decoding CyberKnife, for cancer treatment and benign tumours

We often get queries on CyberKnife and what is CyberKnife used for ?

CyberKnife is an excellent treatment option for treating cancer’s such as prostate cancer, gliomas ,brain cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, spine cancer, cancer of the pancreas, head and neck cancer, liver cancer, early stage -localised breast cancer and several types of malignant tumours, benign tumours and several other medical conditions.
CyberKnife delivers stereostatic radiation( SBRT) with extreme precision and a tissue margin of 1-5mm

Non invasive, CybeKnife vaporises a brain tumour

Cyber knife is totally non invasive and offers hope for inoperable localised cancers such as small cell lung cancer,for inoperable lesions where there is no other alternative for the patient to be treated.
CyberKnife can spot the exact size, shape and location of the tumor and delivers highly concentrated beams of radiation with precision ranging from 1 to 5 mm and this leads to minimal damage and bleeding.

Since CyberKnife treatment is totally non invasive, it is used for treatment of inoperable cancers as an alternate to surgery or as an alternative to surgery to minimise trauma, avoid complications and reduce risk.

Most patients can be treated several times with the CyberKnife and even treated again or retreated with minimal side effects leading to a better quality of life.For example for prostate cancer, even for a repeat surgery, CyberKnife can be used very successfully.

CyberKnife treatment is FDA approved and can spot patient movement even while breathing. The radiation beams can be aimed from several directions, thereby never losing the precision which is hall mark of a CyberKnife treatment.

CyberKnife treatment usually gets completed in 3 to 5 sessions spread over a week. Most patients can lead normal lives post CyberKnife treatment Most CyberKnife treatments are covered by insurance providers all over the world.

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Since the treatment involves a high degree of expertise, CyberKnife treatment is not offered by most hospitals.

The stage, location and size of the tumour or the cancer plays an important role, hence multiple teams of doctors and oncologists need to be involved before a decision on  use of CyberKnife as treatment option can be arrived.
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Holding up your Pee for long ?

What are the long term implications of holding your pee ?

Most of us often end up, holding going to the washroom off and on. But do we realise, the long term damage that happens in the process ?

Holding your pee can lead to enlarged prostate, problems with urinary bladder, even kidney disorder

When we feel the urge to urinate, the process involves coordination between muscles, organs and nerves.

When your bladder is half full, it activates the nerves in your bladder which then signal your brain to give you the urge to urinate. The brain then signals the bladder to hold on. Holding your pee for long involves consciously fighting the brain signal to urinate.

When we hold on to the pee for long, the urine can back flow into the ureter into the kidneys and lead to a urinary tract infection in the bladder or the urethra. The infection can then travel to the kidney and lead to kidney infection and even kidney disease.

When treated in time, simple antibiotics can cure UTI’s.
Untreated bladder infections may lead to more severe problems such as bacterial blood stream infections which may cause sepsis, also kidney disorders and subsequent damage which over time may lead to dialysis followed by kidney transplant.

Holding pee for long also weakens the bladder muscles and leads to urinary retention, where the bladder doesn’t get emptied and one has to urinate very often.

Other problems include enlarged prostate, weak pelvic muscles, inflammation of the bladder walls, pain in lower abdomen which does not go away, incontinence and kidney failure.

 

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Prostate Cancer Treatments, Risks, & Costs and Best Treatment Options

Prostate Cancer Treatments, Risks, & Costs and Best Treatment Options

Prostate Cancer Treatments

Prostate Cancer is caused by the mutations of ones DNA which may neutralize tumor suppressor genes, or may activate onco genes, that stimulate abnormal cell growth and tumor cells. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within their lifetime. This number increases to about six in ten after reaching the age of sixty-five. These statistics may seem disheartening, however, only one in thirty-nine people die as a result of prostate cancer. That means that the average percentage of people who have died from prostate cancer is about 0.027%. In retrospect, the survival rate for prostate cancer is rather high. Your survival five-years after being diagnosed is almost one-hundred percent. At ten years, it’s ninety-eight percent and at 15 years it’s ninety-five percent. There are many treatments for prostate cancer. The hardest parts are simply informing yourself on the risks and knowing the cost of each treatment and getting to know the best course of treatment for your own self.

The surgical options for prostate cancer treatments of  are:

  • TURP
  • Prostectomy
  • Robotic  Prostectomy.

Other options include hormone therapy and radiotherapy

TURP: Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a procedure in which the prostate gland is reduced in size by removing prostate tissue. This procedure does not cure prostate cancer, it only allows passage through the urinary tract if the prostate gland restricts urine flow. This procedure does not involve any incisions in the skin, it is all done by resectoscope through the urethra. Afterwards, in order to drain urine a catheter is inserted. You will need to remain in the hospital one or two days. You’ll be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. In rare cases, additional surgical procedures may be required to stop excessive bleeding, and while this will not affect your ability to have an erection you may experience a lower volume of semen. The cost of this procedure ranges from $4,000-$20,000, depending on your location. The cost may be US$ 4000 in India vs $ 20000 in another country.

Prostectomy: A Prostectomy is a procedure in which the entirety of the prostate gland is removed and the urethra is reconnected to the bladder. Several risks to this procedure include the inability to control urine flow, and erectile dysfunction.

Robotic Prostectomy: Robotic Prostectomy is essentially the same procedure, except it is done using a robotic console capable of making larger more precise incisions, while having a larger field of vision. This reduces recovery time, the risk of complications, it minimalizes scarring, and it reduces the risk of leaving cancerous tissue.

Radiotherapy: Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays that in order to terminate cancerous cells. There are several side effects that you may experience after the procedure. These include but are not limited to, fatigue, nausea, and problems eating or drinking. Radiotherapy typically cost $3500 – $4500 in India.  Besides radiotherapy, injections and hormonal therapy is also used for treatment.

These are just a few of the effective of treatments available to those who are affected by prostate cancer. Knowing the benefits and risks of each procedure is a large part of the battle.

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