Screening Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  While the disease is prevalent across the country, the screening guidelines are not.  Prostate cancer screenings have always been somewhat controversial because the tests often alert physicians to the presence of cancer, but there is no precise way to determine, definitively, whether the cancer

Treating Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife Technology: Fernando’s Story

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  Statistically speaking, about one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Fernando Velasco is the one in eight.  The 78-year-old Pflugerville, Texas resident was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February 2021. Fernando is

Comparing CyberKnife and Proton Therapy

Radiation therapy can be classified according to the types of radiation particles or waves that are used to deliver the treatment.  The three major types of radiation therapy are photons, electrons, or protons.  While all three types have similar effects on tumor tissue and damage cancer cells, photons and electrons are the most readily available,

Telehealth and You

As more people become vaccinated, we are seeing the number of positive COVID-19 cases decline and more businesses and offices open up to in-person appointments.  For some patients though, especially those who are chronically ill, pregnant, elderly, or immunocompromised, there is still a concern about the transmission of COVID-19, as well as the spread of

Questions to Ask About Brain Tumors

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to educate others, fundraise, and offer support to brain tumor patients. Austin CyberKnife is participating in this effort by encouraging patients with newly diagnosed brain tumors to seek information and second opinions about treatment options and their care plan. It’s important for you to have honest,

Dr. Ghafoori and Dr. Bobustuc Discuss Brain Tumors on Studio 512

  Board-certified physicians Paiman Ghafoori, MD, radiation oncologist with Austin CyberKnife and George Bobustuc, MD, neuro-oncologist with Austin Cancer Center discuss brain tumors, specifically metastatic brain cancer, how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and the benefit of radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and neurosurgeons working together on KXAN’s Studio

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

Cancer Prevention during a Pandemic

With February being recognized as National Cancer Prevention Month, now is a good time to discuss cancer, and most importantly, how to prevent it. According to the recent 2021 Facts and Figures released by the American Cancer Society (ACS), a substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented, including all cancers caused by tobacco use and

Cancer Screen Week 2020

Cancer Screen Week 2020According to the American Cancer Society, almost 607,000 people are expected to die from cancer in 2020. Regular screening can help find certain cancers early when they are most likely to be treated successfully. This Cancer Screen Week (Dec 7-11), help us raise awareness and learn more of the potentially lifesaving benefits

Austin CyberKnife Scores High in Patient Satisfaction

There are several factors a patient may consider when choosing where to receive their cancer treatment.  Is the center close to their home?  How much experience does the center have treating their type of cancer?  Does the center offer clinical trials? Another factor patients consider, now more than ever due to social media, are patient