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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

Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many cancer patients are having to make the difficult decision to continue with their current cancer regimen or delay treatments.  Cancer patients and physicians must carefully weigh the potential benefit of routine cancer care versus the risk of COVID-19. To help ease these decisions, several peer-reviewed, non-profit cancer care organizations

Austin CyberKnife Shares Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

 March is National Colorectal Cancer awareness month and with us this morning was Dr. Douglas J Riverera, a board-certified “Radiation oncologist” with Austin Cyberknife to tell us more. What is colorectal cancer and what are some risk factors associated with it? Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Vernon’s Story

Vernon Traxler suffered from painful trigeminal neuralgia for over 16 years before he found relief with CyberKnife. Watch Vernon explain what those years felt like and how he feels now after being treated at Austin CyberKnife.

Dr. Brown Discusses National Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer affects many Central Texans in different ways and February is National Cancer Prevention month. Dr. Stephen Brown is a board-certified “Radiation oncologist” with Austin Cyberknife, and he was in studio to talk about cancer screenings and prevention tips. February is National Cancer Prevention Month. What is the purpose of the month? National Cancer Prevention

Dr. Cox Discusses Lung Cancer on Studio 512

In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Shannon D. Cox, M.D., Radiation Oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, was a guest on KXAN TV’s Studio 512. Dr. Cox discussed lung cancer, how lung cancer is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and CyberKnife treatment benefits for patients.

Trigeminal Neuralgia on Studio 512

Watch Paiman Ghafoori, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife and Ramsey Ashour, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Seton Brain and Spine, discuss Trigeminal Neuralgia on KXAN TV’s Studio 512. The physicians cover how it is treated with CyberKnife technology and the benefits of CyberKnife treatment.

Discussing Prostate Cancer on Studio 512

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health. Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Sexual Function

When deciding which treatment option is best for their prostate cancer, men take numerous factors into consideration.  While their physician’s recommendation does play an important role in the treatment decision, in the end, most men make the choice that is best for them.  That choice is often based on treatment outcomes and side effects, and

Battling Prostate Cancer With Austin CyberKnife

The precision at Austin CyberKnife means faster recovery and better quality of life through treatment for their prostate cancer patients. Watch Paiman Ghafoori, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife join KXAN TV in the studio to talk about the benefits of using CyberKnife technology to treat prostate cancer. Dr. Ghafoori also discusses risk factors

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

Dr. Cox Discusses Cancer Prevention and Survivorship on Studio 512

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Month, our very own board-certified radiation oncologist Shannon D. Cox, M.D. was a guest on KXAN TV’s Studio 512 to discuss cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Cox talked about what the month means, listed some stats on how death rates from cancer have decreased, discussed advancements in treatment technology

Austin CyberKnife Medical Director Speaks at Us TOO Meeting

Douglas J. Rivera, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at Austin CyberKnife, recently spoke at the Williamson County Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group chapter meeting. The meeting, which takes place on the second Thursday of every month, was held at 3 p.m. on April 11 at the Baylor Scott & White Clinic community room

Treating Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife Technology: Phil's Story

At his annual physical in the spring of 2016, Phil Van Ostrand’s primary care physician told him that his PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level was elevated. The 72-year-old Woodcreek, Texas resident was not too alarmed, he had heard this news before. “I had struggled with intermediate and high PSA levels off and on for several years,”

Dr. Cox Discusses Head and Neck Cancer on Studio 512

In recognition of April being Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, our very own radiation oncologist Shannon D. Cox, M.D. was a guest on KXAN TV’s Studio 512 to discuss head and neck cancer. Dr. Cox talked about what head and neck cancer is, what type of cancers are defined as head and neck cancers,

Dr. Brown Discusses Lung Cancer on Studio 512

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 15,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Texas in 2019. Watch Austin CyberKnife radiation oncologist Stephen Brown, M.D. discuss this prolific disease on KXAN’s Studio 512. Dr. Brown discusses what is lung cancer and how it is staged, metastatic lung cancer, risk factors for lung

Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

As the classic holiday song goes, it is the most wonderful time of the year.  But do you know what else the happiest season of all brings?  Stress.  With all the planning, shopping, decorating and cooking, it’s easy to become tired and overwhelmed.  When cancer treatment is added to the mix, holiday stress can become

Studies Show CyberKnife Provides Excellent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates in Five or Fewer Sessions

Accuray Incorporated, developer and manufacturer of the CyberKnife® System, announced that published data from two multicenter studies using differing protocols provide consistent results and reinforce the use of the CyberKnife system for the effective management of low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.  The studies are the largest conducted to date evaluating stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in

Shannon Cox, M.D. Discusses Liver Cancer on KXAN's Studio 512

In honor of October being National Liver Cancer Awareness Month, Shannon D. Cox, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, appeared on KXAN’s Studio 512 to discuss treating liver cancer with CyberKnife technology. Dr. Cox discussed liver cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, current stats, how the disease is treated by CyberKnife, and CyberKnife benefits for

Dr. McCurdy Discusses Prostate Cancer on Studio 512

In honor of September being National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, watch Matthew McCurdy, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss prostate cancer, how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and CyberKnife treatment benefits for patients.

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

Dr. Cox Discusses Liver Cancer on Studio 512

Watch Shannon D. Cox, M.D., Radiation Oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss liver cancer, how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System and CyberKnife treatment benefits for patients on KXAN’s Studio 512.

CyberKnife Treatment for Metastatic Brain Cancer

Watch Douglas J. Rivera, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at Austin CyberKnife, and Jordan Amadio, M.D., Neurosurgeon at Seton Brain & Spine Institute Neurosurgery discuss brain cancer, specifically metastatic brain cancer, how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System and the benefit of radiation oncologists collaborating with neurosurgeons, on Studio 512.

Matthew McCurdy, M.D. Discusses Brain Tumors on Studio 512

Watch as Austin CyberKnife radiation oncologist Matthew McCurdy, M.D. discusses the different types of brain tumors, symptoms of brain tumors, how brain tumors are treated by the CyberKnife System, and the advantages of CyberKnife treatment for brain tumors. For more information about the CyberKnife technology offered at Austin CyberKnife, please visit www.AustinCyberKnife.com today.

Brain Tumors with Shannon D. Cox, M.D.

Studio 512 recently paid a visit to Austin CyberKnife to cover brain tumors. Watch as Austin CyberKnife radiation oncologist Shannon D. Cox, M.D. discusses the different types of brain tumors, symptoms of brain tumors, how brain tumors are treated by the CyberKnife System, and the advantages of CyberKnife treatment for brain tumors.

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Study Finds SBRT Better than Surgery in Post-Treatment Lung Cancer Survival

In a recent new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with non-small cell lung cancer who underwent stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) had a better post-treatment survival rate than those who received surgery. The gold standard for the treatment

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Dr. McCurdy Discusses Metastatic Cancer on Studio 512

Watch Matthew McCurdy, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss metastatic cancer on KXAN’s Studio 512. In his interview segment, Dr. McCurdy covers what metastatic cancer is and how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System.

Dr. Cox Discusses Lung Cancer on Studio 512

In honor of November being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Shannon D. Cox, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, was a guest on KXAN’s Studio 512 to discuss lung cancer. Dr. Cox covered what lung cancer is, current stats for lung cancer, how lung cancer is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and CyberKnife

Austin CyberKnife Participates in the Sun City Health Fair

For the third year in a row, Austin CyberKnife participated in the biannual Sun City Health Fair. Sun City is a community of active seniors in Georgetown, Texas.  The community has more than 12,000 residents with a strong appetite for active living.  They are youthful in spirit and attitude and are committed to staying physically

Austin CyberKnife Sponsors Brain Power 5K

Austin CyberKnife was a sponsor of the 7th Annual Brain Power 5K, 10K, Survivor Stride & Kids Run. The race, billed as “Central Texas’ Race Against Brain Cancer,” was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, and raised funding for brain cancer research, recognized brain tumor survivors, and remembered

Dr. Rivera and Dr. Chhikara Discuss Prostate Cancer on Studio 512

Watch Douglas J. Rivera, M.D. radiation oncologist and Medical Director at Austin CyberKnife and Subir Chhikara, M.D., urologist at Austin Urological Associates discuss the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and stats associated with prostate cancer, prostate cancer screenings, and how prostate cancer is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System on KXAN’s Studio 512.

Dr. Cox on Studio 512

Watch Shannon D. Cox, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss lung cancer on KXAN’s Studio 512. During the segment, Dr. Cox covers the different types of lung cancer, the current stats for lung cancer, and how Austin CyberKnife treats lung cancer with the CyberKnife System.

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

American Urological Association, American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Urologic Oncology Release Joint Prostate Cancer Guidelines

Last week, the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) released collaborative clinical guidelines for managing localized prostate cancer which offers a framework for shared decision-making between physicians and patients.  Through this collaboration, the committee provided guidance on active surveillance and on which treatments

Dr. Brown Discusses Brain Cancer on Studio 512

Watch Stephen Brown, M.D., Radiation Oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss brain cancer, how it is treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and CyberKnife treatment benefits for patients on KXAN-TV’s Studio 512.

Dr. Heuser's Prostate Cancer Story

  Watch general surgeon, Dr. Louis Heuser, talk about why he chose CyberKnife for the treatment of his prostate cancer. Dr. Heuser was very happy with the quick treatments and the fact that he was able to stay close to home and continue to work and see his patients. It’s Your Prostate, Your Cancer, Your

Scientists Find New Gene Tool for Predicting Course of Prostate Cancer

A recent research paper in Oncotarget, a weekly peer-reviewed open access medical journal covering research on all aspects of oncology, reported that researchers from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have discovered a possible new tool for predicting whether prostate cancer will reoccur following surgery based on the expression patterns of

Austin CyberKnife: Cancer Prevention Tips

  In honor of February being National Cancer Prevention Month, Stephen Brown, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, visited Studio 512 to talk about ways to lower your risk of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Brown discussed cancer prevention tips, cancer screenings, and vaccinations.

Dr. McCurdy discusses CyberKnife

Dr. McCurdy Discusses CyberKnife on KXAN TV Watch Matthew McCurdy, M.D., radiation oncologist at Austin CyberKnife, discuss the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System (what it is, how it works, what it treats, benefits of treatment, etc.) on KXAN-TV’s Studio 512.

Austin CyberKnife Welcomes Twisha Verma, M.D. to Staff

Austin CyberKnife announced that Twisha Verma, M.D. has joined their cancer care treatment team and will be offering radiation oncology services to patients throughout Austin and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Verma received her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas, and her medical doctorate from The University of

Austin CyberKnife Speaks to Health Occupations Students of America

Cindy Gall, Physician Service Representative, at Austin CyberKnife recently spoke to a group of students from the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization at Round Rock High School.   HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and its mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry

SBRT Offers Prostate Cancer Patients High Cancer Control and Low Toxicity in Fewer Treatments

According to research presented at the recent 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high dose stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for men newly-diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer results in shorter treatment times, low severe toxicity, and excellent cancer control rates.    Although prostate tumors generally respond well to radiation

Austin CyberKnife Participates in the Sun City Health Fair

Recently, Austin CyberKnife participated in the Sun City 20th Anniversary Health Fair.  Sun City is a community of active seniors, 55 and over, that live in Sun City, a part of Georgetown, Texas.  Sun City has more than 12,000 residents with a strong appetite for active living.  They are youthful in spirit and attitude and

Screening Strategy May Predict Lethal Prostate Cancer Later in Life

A recent study found that mid-life prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels predict who will be more likely to develop lethal prostate cancer.  Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that measuring PSA levels in younger men (between the ages of 40 and 59) could accurately predict future

Austin CyberKnife Participates in the Brain Power 5K

Austin CyberKnife recently participated in the 6th Annual Brain Power 5K, 10K, Survivor Stride & Kids Run.  The race, billed as “Central Texas’ Race Against Brain Cancer,” was held on Sunday, September 11, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, and raised funding for brain cancer research, recognized brain tumor survivors, and remembered loved ones

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with CyberKnife Technology

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve (a three-branched nerve that carries sensations from the face to the brain and controls facial motor functions such as biting and chewing).  TN is characterized by episodes of sudden, explosive severe pain along the trigeminal nerve, with periods of pain-free remission between attacks. 

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

Austin CyberKnife Earns Reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology

Austin CyberKnife recently completed and passed their reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).   The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives

A study recently published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the official journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, found that false-positive findings for CT-based screening for lung cancer were uncommon.  The results of the study is good news because even though CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term

The Seton Cancer Care Lung Health Program

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women and accounts for about 27% of all cancer related deaths.  Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.  The ACS estimates that there will be about 224,390 new

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Seton Cancer Program Receives 2015 Innovator Award

Seton Cancer Program recently received an Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC).  Since 2011, the ACCC Innovator Awards have honored exceptional cancer programs that advance the goal of improving cancer care access, quality, and cost-effectiveness.  The 5th annual awards were given to six cancer programs that exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung

Austin CyberKnife Hosts Local Networking Event

On Wednesday, October 28, the staff and physicians at Austin CyberKnife, along with the Neuroscience Team at University Medical Center Brackenridge, hosted a networking event for local physician practices.   The Mix and Mingle was held at the Punch Bowl Social in Austin and over 40 office managers and physicians from various specialties, including neurosurgery,

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Patient Education: Cancer Recurrence Common Terms and What They Mean

Once treatment is completed, many cancer survivors find they have still have issues and concerns that they did not expect.  The one people fear the most is the news that the cancer has come back.  Patients coping with a second cancer diagnosis may hear unfamiliar medical terms related to their disease and its treatment.  We’ve

When Cancer Comes Back

My cancer came back.  Four words that no one ever wants to say, or hear a loved one say.   They fought the battle once and now their cancer is back and in a new location in their body.  Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from the place where it first started, to

Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia: Typical vs. Atypical

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare and excruciating nerve disorder that can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the head, and causes debilitating pain in various parts of the face and jaw region. Trigeminal neuralgia is usually categorized as typical or atypical, with symptoms differing depending on the

Austin CyberKnife Welcomes Matthew McCurdy, M.D., Ph.D., DABR to Staff

Austin CyberKnife announced that Matthew McCurdy, M.D., Ph.D., DABR has joined their cancer care treatment team and will be offering radiation oncology services to patients throughout Austin and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Matthew McCurdy is a board certified radiation oncologist.  He completed his medical school and residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Supports SBRT for Prostate Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently updated their patient guide that supports stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care for patients with cancer.   NCCN aims

Presentation: Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S., greatly impacts the lives of those diagnosed with the disease, as well as their family and friends. At Austin CyberKnife, we encourage men and their loved ones to be aware of prostate cancer prevention tactics to potentially reduce the risk of

Men’s Health Month: Questions to Ask Your Urologist

Each June, Men’s Health Month is recognized with a goal of heightening awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men. Through screenings, health fairs, educational initiatives and various outreach activities, men are made aware of the importance of seeking regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Treatment Options When Cancer Spreads

Metastatic lung cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to other areas of the body from a primary tumor in the lung. Lung cancer has the ability to metastasize to several areas of the body and most often spreads to the adrenal glands, liver, bones, brain or other lung through the blood or lymphatic system. There

Common Cancer Terms: Adjuvant Therapy

Upon receiving the news of a cancer diagnosis, you and your loved ones may be presented with a number of unfamiliar medical terms as you begin to research treatment options. One term you may encounter if you are preparing to undergo treatment for advanced or metastatic cancer is adjuvant therapy. Adjuvant therapy serves as an

Cancer Research Month: SBRT Shows Effectiveness for Early-Stage Lung Cancer

The American Association for Cancer Research acknowledges May as National Cancer Research Month to recognize high-quality, innovative cancer research and make it a top priority. Through various studies, researchers are able to identify cancer risk factors and evaluate optimal treatment options for cancer patients. One recent study revealed excellent long-term, local control rates for medically

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Types of Tumors and Treatment Options

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor. May is recognized nationally as Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a period devoted to spreading awareness about brain tumors through community-powered education and providing opportunities to get involved and offer support for those affected by the disease.

Research Study: Cancer Patients Want Input in Treatment Plans

A recent study published in JAMA Oncology explored whether shared decision-making was associated with patient ratings of care quality and physician communication. Researchers gathered data on more than 5,300 patients with colon or lung cancer who participated in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium study. These patients reported their role in over 10,000

Treatment Comparison: Proton Therapy vs. CyberKnife

Patients seeking an advanced treatment option for their prostate cancer may compare CyberKnife® and proton therapy. While both are known for their precision and minimal side effects, each targets the tumor differently. CyberKnife technology performs stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, high doses of radiation are delivered to the prostate with sub-millimeter precision, minimizing damage

Dr. Doug Rivera Talks Metastatic Cancer on KXAN Studio 512

Austin CyberKnife medical director and radiation oncologist Dr. Doug Rivera discussed the benefits of CyberKnife® for treating metastatic cancer on KXAN-TV’s “Studio 512.” Watch his segment below to learn more about CyberKnife treatment. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help

Austin CyberKnife Medical Director Dr. Doug Rivera Talks Brain Tumors on KXAN-TV

At Austin CyberKnife, brain tumors are a frequently treated disease. Austin CyberKnife medical director Dr. Doug Rivera recently appeared on KXAN-TV’s Studio 512 to discuss brain tumors and the benefits of noninvasive CyberKnife® treatment. Watch the video below to view Dr. Rivera’s interview. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and

National Cancer Control Month: Knowing Your Risk of Diagnosis

Every April, Cancer Control Month highlights advances in the fight against cancer and progress toward effective cancer control. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month aim not only to raise awareness of prevention and screening methods, but also help support those who have been diagnosed and are currently battling the disease. There are several factors that

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Treating Kidney Cancer with CyberKnife

March is honored as global Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, when health care organizations and medical teams work to raise awareness and educate people on kidney cancer and its treatment options. Some primary and secondary kidney tumors may be treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). SBRT is a noninvasive treatment option that may carry less

Tests to Determine a Cancer Diagnosis

If cancer is suspected, your physician may recommend conducting one or more tests to confirm a diagnosis and verify the type and stage of cancer. Note that there are a variety of diagnostic tests for cancer and the recommended test(s) vary with each patient. Below are a few tests that your doctor may suggest for

Infographic: Texas Lung Cancer 2015 Statistics

Lung cancer is widely known as the disease responsible for the most cancer-related deaths nationwide. View the infographic below to learn more about the American Cancer Society’s forecasts for how many people will be affected by lung cancer in Texas and throughout the country in 2015. If you or a loved one faces a lung

Healthy Habits During Cancer Treatment

When facing a cancer diagnosis of any kind, maintaining or adopting healthy habits is a beneficial step a patient can take before, during and after treatment. Consider these tips from the National Cancer Institute to stay healthy during your cancer treatment. Prepare for treatment by beginning a healthy diet plan. Eating healthy may lower your risk

SBRT for Prostate Cancer: Clinical Studies and Guidelines

Over the last few years, there have been several clinical studies that have examined stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for the treatment of prostate cancer. Results of these studies have driven leading clinical professional organizations to include SBRT as an appropriate, first-line treatment option for prostate cancer in their recommendations and guidelines. Below are a

Words from our Doctors: Dr. Doug Rivera

Austin CyberKnife medical director Dr. Doug Rivera’s interest in stereotactic radiosurgery began after seeing a family member undergo the treatment as a pre-med student. Since that experience, he has gone on to become a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology and the American Brachytherapy Society. He also

Cancer Prevention Month: Monitoring for Metastatic Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a period focused on rededicating attention to our health and the health of our loved ones. For many cancer survivors and current cancer patients, monitoring for symptoms of recurrent and/or metastatic cancer is an important part of detecting advanced disease as early as possible. The American Cancer Society notes

Austin CyberKnife in the News: Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

When former trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patient, Gloria R. came to Austin CyberKnife, she had already sought the help of numerous health care professionals for a diagnosis of her extreme facial pain. Also known as the “suicide disease,” TN can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the head, causing

February 4 is World Cancer Day

With a goal of raising awareness of cancer, prevention methods and treatment options, February 4 is recognized annually as World Cancer Day.  Health organizations and cancer societies around the globe honor this day through community events and localized initiatives aimed at mobilizing support and raising funds for the fight against cancer.  If you or a

Why You Should Consider a Lung Cancer Screening

For patients at higher risk for lung cancer such as long-time heavy smokers, screening for lung cancer can be a good opportunity for early detection. A lung cancer screening tests for cancer before a patient presents any symptoms to potentially catch the disease at an early stage when it will be easiest to treat. According

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

When Cancer Comes Back: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent Cancer

When patients receive a recurrent cancer diagnosis, they may worry that their treatment options are limited due to surgery or radiation therapy previously used to treat their primary cancer. CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery may be an option when cancer comes back. CyberKnife delivers precisely targeted radiation directly to the recurrent tumor(s), located in the head and

Frequently Asked Questions: SBRT for Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one is interested in receiving stereotactic body radiation therapy for prostate cancer, it’s important to take time to meet with your physician and ask questions so you and your family feel prepared for the treatment process. Below are a few suggested questions to discuss more in depth with your doctor.

Top 5 Benefits of CyberKnife

Austin CyberKnife treats malignant and benign tumors with a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery. Delivered with advanced CyberKnife® technology, the treatment is noninvasive and complete within five or fewer outpatient sessions. Treatment with CyberKnife offers many benefits for patients who may be concerned with maintaining their quality of life during and after

Research Update: Studies Support CyberKnife for Neurological Disease Treatment

Two studies recently presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) reinforced the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery for neurological diseases, using the CyberKnife® system. In a study completed at the University Hospital of Messina in Italy, Dr. Alfredo Conti used CyberKnife technology to treat perioptic meningioma, a type of benign tumor

Presentation: What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer Prevention

As the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, prostate cancer not only impacts the lives of those diagnosed with the disease, but also their friends and family. Austin CyberKnife encourages men and their loved ones to be aware of prostate cancer prevention tactics, which may reduce the risk of developing the disease

Presentation: Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers diagnosed in men today. View this presentation for information on risk factors and how to reduce your risk of diagnosis. 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

Your Patient Experience: The CyberKnife Treatment Room

For patients preparing to receive stereotactic radiosurgery, safety is among the most important aspects of patient care. In CyberKnife® treatment, one safeguard for patient safety is the treatment room. As you receive treatment, there are several ways the treatment room provides a safe environment for you while also protecting others from radiation exposure. Custom design:

Choosing Treatment: The Importance of American College of Radiology Accreditation

After determining your preferred cancer treatment method, there are a number of factors that may impact which treatment center is the best for you. Patients and their loved ones often consider physician expertise and insurance, but may not know about another aspect to consider – accreditation and certification. At Austin CyberKnife each treating physician has been

Austin CyberKnife Talks Prostate Cancer on KXAN

Watch his segment to learn more about how CyberKnife can noninvasively treat prostate cancer.   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.

Movember: Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer

Movember: Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer Every fall the annual Movember movement adds a twist on raising awareness for men’s health causes including prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. The campaign encourages men to show their support by growing moustaches and raising funds to support a men’s health cause. The program, which started with only

Presentation: Prostate Cancer Screenings

If you or a loved one is at risk for prostate cancer, it’s important to know when screening is recommended. View our presentation below to learn more about types of prostate cancer screenings and industry guidelines. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It

Austin CyberKnife Shares Patient Success Story on National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

Austin CyberKnife recently completed the successful treatment of a patient suffering from trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a debilitating nerve disorder, using stereotactic radiosurgery. Known for its characteristic excruciating facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia is often misdiagnosed as a dental problem causing some patients to undergo invasive dental operations in an attempt to relieve their pain. The disorder can

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: Treatment Options

October 7 is honored as Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. As a lesser known, but extremely painful disorder, undiagnosed trigeminal neuralgia can have a huge impact on normal daily life routines if it goes untreated. Trigeminal neuralgia occurs when the fifth cranial nerve is compressed by a blood vessel, causing extreme facial pain often misdiagnosed as

Choosing a Treatment for Prostate Cancer: Things to Consider

After receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis, it’s common for patients to take action immediately. Fortunately, for many prostate cancer patients, the disease is slow growing and allows for more time to make an informed treatment decision. When discussing options with your doctor an important factor is the treatment method’s overall effectiveness in treating the disease.

Video: How the Seton Brain and Spine Institute Treats Brain Tumors

As the only comprehensive neuro-oncology program in Central Texas, the Seton Brain & Spine Institute in collaboration with Austin CyberKnife, offers patients the advantage of the cancer care collaborative, a comprehensive assembly of specialists–neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, dietitians and health psychologists who are able to help brain tumor patients through treatment. Watch the video below to hear

Abbey's Story: CyberKnife Treatment for Arteriovenous Malformation

When previous patient, Abbey McLaughlin, came to our center she was seeking a noninvasive treatment option for her arteriovenous malformation. Watch the video below to hear from Abbey and our neurological surgeon Dr. Ronald Wilson on her CyberKnife® treatment experience. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Understanding Your Family History

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time when families and health care professionals can work together to highlight the importance of prostate health education and research advocacy. In honor of the national campaign, Austin CyberKnife is working to highlight important risk factors for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 1 man in 7

The Latest Research: CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer

If you’re considering stereotactic body radiation therapy for your prostate cancer diagnosis, below are a few recently published studies to help you learn more about how CyberKnife® can help you. If you have any questions, please call or request more information. Georgetown University published the results of their study titled, “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Clinically

Hospital Partner Spotlight: Seton Humancare

As a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, Austin CyberKnife is proud to share the launch of the Humancare communications platform. SetonHumancare.org is a destination where users can get or give help as well as learn more about the Humancare philosophy. Visit the site to offer support to a patient, make an appointment or receive

Patient Resources: ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer

ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is a national organization dedicated to advancing research, encouraging action and providing education to support men and their families. The organization offers a number of resources including a Prostate Cancer 101 Brochure, detailed information on detection and diagnosis and co-pay assistance. Advocates can participate in runs/walks, golf and

Preparing for CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer

The treatment process at Austin CyberKnife is focused on the patient as we aim to provide the best experience possible. If you are preparing for CyberKnife® treatment for prostate cancer, here are a few steps to take to ensure you are completely comfortable before treatment begins. Ask questions – As your physician talks through the procedure,

Men's Health Month: Understanding Prostate Cancer Screenings

In an effort to increase awareness of men’s health issues, June is designated as Men’s Health Month. This time provides an opportunity for organizations across the country to come together to offer health education, screenings and other resources to men and their families to increase prevention strategies and early diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Prostate

How Does CyberKnife Track Tumors?

In preparation for CyberKnife® treatment, our team works to help you understand all aspects of the technology and treatment process. Some of our frequently asked questions are related to the accuracy of the CyberKnife. To ensure the CyberKnife stays on target as the robotic arm moves around you delivering radiation, the Austin CyberKnife clinical team

Stages of Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one has received a prostate cancer diagnosis, an essential part of the decision on how to treat it is having an understanding of the stages of the disease. To learn more about prostate cancer and its stages, view our presentation below.  

Patient Resources: Seton Brain and Spine Tumor Support Group

As a proud member of the Seton Healthcare Family, we encourage our patients to take advantage of the extensive resources our network offers. The Seton Brain and Spine Institute, which ranks as the largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program in Central Texas, recently launched a brain and spine tumor support group open to patients, survivors

Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

For lung cancer patients, treatment can be more complex because of the location of the tumor and tumor movement as a patient breathes during treatment. CyberKnife® provides a noninvasive treatment option called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for inoperable tumors and those patients seeking an alternative to lung cancer surgery. A benefit of using CyberKnife

Role of the Medical Physicist in CyberKnife Treatment

At Austin CyberKnife, medical physicists play an important role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of CyberKnife® technology and its components. The physicist develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by each patient’s

National Women's Check-up Day: Cancer Screenings

May 12 is celebrated as National Women’s Check-up Day. One of the most important aspects of routine check ups includes cancer screenings. Routine cancer screenings aim to find disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Potential screening methods vary by disease but can include physical examinations, laboratory

From Our Patients: Metastatic Melanoma CyberKnife Patient Testimonial

For patients with metastatic tumors, CyberKnife® technology treats these recurrent cancer lesions with hundreds of precisely angled high dose radiation beams. CyberKnife is so accurate that treatment can be done in areas of the body that have already received radiation therapy, including tumors located near critical structures such as the spinal cord. Former patient, M.

What to Expect during CyberKnife Lung Cancer Treatment

Austin CyberKnife treats lung cancer tumors and lesions with stereotactic body radiation therapy using advanced CyberKnife® technology. Our team strives to make each patient experience as simple and comfortable as possible. Watch the video below to become more familiar with the CyberKnife treatment process for lung cancer. This is not intended as medical advice to

Cancer Control Month: Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer Metastases

April is National Cancer Control Month, a national awareness holiday that aims to highlight advancements in prevention, detection and treatment of all cancers. One important aspect of cancer control for patients is the treatment of metastases. Metastases occur when a cancer spreads from its original location to another place in the body. Though the cancer

Detecting Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is among the toughest cancers to diagnose early because of its non-specific symptoms and a widely accepted screening process has not been adopted yet. While the method to diagnose each individual is a different process, here are some things to consider when learning more about lung cancer detection. Symptoms include wheezing, new and

Research Notes: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

In the long-term fight against lung cancer, researchers worldwide have been working to determine prevention, early detection and treatment options. Read up on the latest research highlighting efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer: Virginia Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital highlighted results showing that combining SBRT with other forms of treatment

Inspiring Story: Texas Restaurant Owner Sells Restaurant to Help Employee

This touching story about a Texas restaurant owner’s extraordinary good deed is an instant heart warmer and an inspiration to pay it forward. When restaurant owner Michael De Beyer found out an employee of his was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and learned she was unable to afford treatment, this Good Samaritan determined he

ACS 2014 Lung Cancer Statistics

The American Cancer Society recently released its 2014 Cancer Facts and Figures report, estimating 1,665,540 new cancer cases in the U.S., with 224,210 being new lung cancer cases. While the number of estimated new lung cancer cases is down slightly from last year, the report indicates that for another year in a row, lung cancer accounts

Eat Green for a Healthy St. Patrick's Day and Beyond

At Austin CyberKnife, we encourage patients to make healthy choices that will benefit them long after treatment is over. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, we’re not only celebrating our CyberKnife decked in green, but we’re also eating green too! If you’re aiming for a healthier lifestyle consider incorporating leafy greens to increase intake

Austin CyberKnife Anniversary: 1,000 Patients Treated

This month is an important milestone for Austin CyberKnife as we recognize the treatment of 1,000 patients since the center’s launch. The CyberKnife program at University Medical Center Brackenridge originally launched in 2005 and focused primarily on the treatment of brain tumors. Since Austin CyberKnife was established, the center has expanded the clinical applications of

CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes

Taking the first step towards a healthier image, CVS recently announced that it will stop selling cigarette and tobacco products in all locations nationwide by October of this year. The bold move stems from the drugstore’s decision to focus on promoting health and becoming a bigger health care provider. With tobacco remaining the No. 1

From TIME: Smoke from E-Cigs Poses Some Second-Hand Risks

With the popularity of e-cigarettes on the rise, many in the health care field are raising concerns about the dangers of smokeless cigarettes. TIME magazine reported on a recent study published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal showing that e-cigarettes generate enough nicotine emissions that the vapors can be inhaled by someone near the

Recommendation of CT Scan for Lung Cancer Made Final

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a final recommendation statement related to Lung Cancer Screening. Released on December 30, the USPSTF recommends annual low-dose CT scans for current and former smokers aged 55 and over. The recommendation defines former smokers as those who quit within the past 15 years. The USPSTF is an

Community Event: Annual Mock Surgery

Please join the Seton Healthcare Family for the 23rd Annual Mock Surgery & More event at the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge. The event gives visitors an inside look at what happens during surgery and the roles health care professionals have in surgical care. The demonstration will include a tour of our center’s CyberKnife facility.

Explaining CyberKnife: Radiation Exposure

CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery is a treatment option for cancerous and noncancerous lesions. This noninvasive treatment delivers high-dose radiation to tumors from different angles adjusting for tumor and patient movement (breathing) during treatment. While the phrase “high-dose radiation” can be intimidating, CyberKnife treatment actually decreases the potential for damaging healthy tissue around a tumor due to

Patient dances before double mastectomy

The Austin American-Statesman recently shared San Francisco physician Dr. Deborah Cohan’s celebration dance with her doctors and nurses inside an operating room before her double mastectomy. We love her positive outlook and would love to bust a move with our patients! This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of

The Stages of Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the two most common forms of cancer and makes up approximately 85 percent of lung cancers. Unfortunately, most people overlook symptoms of lung cancer such as coughing and fatigue making early-stage lung cancer (stages I and II) difficult to detect. When someone is diagnosed with lung cancer,

2014: Your Year to Quit Smoking

A research study published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology cited that quittingsmoking often ranks among the top ten New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those surveyed achieve their annual goals. Whether you’ve attempted to quit smoking in the past or are making this resolution for the first time, these steps can help

New Year's Resolutions: Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Cancer

While New Year’s resolutions to commit to a healthy lifestyle can improve weight and fitness, they can also have a huge impact on your long-term health. Introducing these healthy habits to your daily routine can significantly lower your risks of cancer diagnosis and have lasting benefits to overall health. Get Active – Maintaining a fitness routine

Do You Need a Cancer Screening?

The purpose of cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Potential screening methods vary by disease but can include physical examinations, laboratory tests, medical imaging procedures and genetic testing. While screenings can be helpful in diagnosing cancer early, patients should be

Cancer Research Update: Clinical Study Discusses SRS for Brain Metastases

In an observational study presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), researchers found data that indicated potential for improved survival rates for patients with brain metastases who received stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The study compared SRS to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in 413 patients who were diagnosed with non-small

Patient Resources: Questions to Ask Your Doc

Asking questions and reviewing your medical history with a doctor can help you make informed decisions and helps your doctor administer the quality of care you need. Austin CyberKnife encourages our patients to prepare a list of questions before their consultation. Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask your doctor: What

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. As one of the most rapidly spreading diseases, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose because patients usually don’t display symptoms until the cancer has progressed and spread to other parts of the body. Common early symptoms include loss of appetite, mild weight loss and mild discomfort in the upper

Day in the Life: Medical Physicist

Austin CyberKnife medical physicist Dr. Jim Hevezi has more than 35 years of experience in medical physics. He has served on the board of chancellors of the Medical Physics Commission and is a long-time member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. At our center, Dr. Hevezi plays a key role in the patient treatment

Austin CyberKnife Highlights Steps To Reduce Risk of Lung Cancer Diagnosis

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Austin CyberKnife is offering tips on reducing the risk of one of its most frequently treated diseases. The center treats lung cancer patients with a procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife®technology. Dr. Doug Rivera, Austin CyberKnife medical director, offers the following tips to reducing the

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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 15,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Texas this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Get Screened. Early

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

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

Liver Cancer Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Options

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and for those who have been diagnosed or have loved ones facing a diagnosis, it’s important to understand the disease and gather information on treatment options. Characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, anemia and weight loss, most primary malignant liver cancers are classified as hepatocellular carcinoma, or hepatomas. Treatment

Get to Know Austin CyberKnife

At Austin CyberKnife, we want our patients and their families to feel comfortable with our staff and services. Below is an overview of our center and the treatment we provide.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

October 7 is Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Awareness Day. Though rare, TN is a debilitating nerve disorder that is also called the “suicide disease” due to the intense pain patients experience. 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

Patient Resources: AVM Survivors Network

For patients seeking support for a new diagnosis, building relationships with other patients and hearing from survivors can be a motivational and uplifting experience. The AVM Survivors Network is a support group for patients with arteriovenous malformations, or defects to the circulatory system commonly found in the brain and spinal cord. The network aims to

Austin CyberKnife shares recommendations for reducing risk of prostate cancer

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Austin CyberKnife aims to educate local men on the disease. Dr. Doug Rivera, medical director of Austin CyberKnife, recommends the following steps to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and educate oneself in the event of a diagnosis: Exercise and eat healthy. Recent studies have shown

Blog for a Cure: Influential Lung Cancer Blogs

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. For diagnosed lung cancer patients and families seeking insight and support, connecting with other patients and their loved ones can often be a valuable resource. Below are a few influential bloggers who have used their blog to become a voice for the

CyberKnife: What Does It Treat?

Lung tumors, prostate cancer, and brain tumors are among our center’s most frequently treated diseases, yet the CyberKnife® can also treat other diseases through stereotactic body radiation therapy. Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM): AVMs are abnormal connections between arteries and veins that commonly occur in the brain and spine. Blood typically enters the brain through arteries, moves

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This week marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for research and educating men on how to maintain their prostate health. Here’s how you and your loved ones can participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Be informed. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American

Patient Resources: Kidney Cancer Association Launches Online Caring Community

The Kidney Cancer Association and Lotsa Helping Hands, an online community network, recently announced a new partnership to support caregivers of patients with kidney cancer through free online caring communities. The service enables a family member, friend, colleague, or neighbor to create an online community to organize help for kidney cancer caregivers day-to-day and during

Patient Resources: Living With TN Support Group

Determining a diagnosis and seeking treatment are important steps in the process of healing, but support from friends and loved ones can have the biggest impact on a patient’s quality of life. Living With TN is an online support group for trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patients with the mission to be a resource for “information, discussion,

Blog for a Cure: Influential Brain Tumor Blogs

The best support when facing a brain tumor diagnosis can often come from someone who experienced the disease firsthand. Below are a few influential brain tumor bloggers who can provide insight to patients and their families. The Liz Army – Liz Salmi chronicles her journey battling brain cancer and her efforts as an advocate for

CyberKnife Treatment Explained

CyberKnife® has several benefits including shorter treatment times, no need for incision or sedation and minimal side effects. Below, Austin CyberKnife medical director Dr. Doug Rivera further explains the CyberKnife® treatment process and unique qualities of our center.

Words from Our Patients: Jan's Story

The best insight on the benefits of CyberKnife® treatment often comes from patients who have undergone the procedure. Our former patient, Jan, came to our center with stage IV kidney cancer and had no traces of cancer upon completion of treatment. Hear more about her experience in the video below. If you or a loved

Spotlight On: Brain Tumor Treatment

When determining the best treatment for a brain tumor, a number of factors are considered, including the size and location of the tumor. While tumors are most commonly treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of those treatments, some patients are unable or unwilling to endure the harsh side effects of conventional radiation

What is Metastatic Cancer?

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body. Despite spreading to another location within the body, the cancer is considered an extension of the original tumor. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is considered metastatic lung cancer. Metastatic cancers are difficult to monitor

Spotlight On: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid

Spotlight On: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition. TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder usually

Celebrate Men's Health Month in June

June is Men’s Health Month! This time is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems men may encounter through health education, fundraising and advocacy efforts promoting early detection and treatment of disease. Here’s how you can get involved: Wear blue. The Men’s Health Network created the initiative to support men’s health efforts. Learn more

Austin CyberKnife Expands Collaboration with Neurosurgeons Citywide to Provide Multispecialty Care for Brain Tumor Patients

Austin CyberKnife’s team of physicians has treated 450 patients with brain tumors since the launch of the CyberKnife® program at University Medical Center Brackenridge. The number of brain tumor patients treated with CyberKnife is expected to increase as the center works to raise awareness of CyberKnife as a treatment option through greater collaboration with local

Spotlight On: Austin Cancer Centers and Georgetown Cancer Center

Austin Cancer Centers and Georgetown Cancer Center the physician group partners of Austin CyberKnife® are committed to fighting cancer in the Greater Austin area and the five counties surrounding the city. The physician group was founded in 1973 by Dr. George Brown, whose vision was to provide patients the highest standard of care with the

Blog for a Cure: Influential Prostate Cancer Blogs

For diagnosed prostate cancer patients and families seeking information, the most powerful insights can come from those who have experienced the disease firsthand. Connecting with other patients or their families can provide a community for emotional support and a comfortable space to seek advice. Check out the blogs below for some of the most influential

Get Active: Supporting the Prostate Cancer Community

From support groups to events, prostate cancer patients and their families have numerous opportunities to support the cancer community locally and nationally. Here’s how you can support prostate cancer awareness and research efforts locally: Attend a local event: National organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Us Too give patients and their families networks for

Spotlight On: Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a dynamic organization committed to funding cutting-edge prostate cancer research. Since 1993, the PCF has funded more than 1,600 programs at nearly 200 research facilities around the world. In 2012, the organization raised a record $47 million and expanded their research programs to China. Each year, the PCF partners

From the Doc: Benefits of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Patients

Find out how stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife® can benefit prostate cancer patients. Below are some advantages from our medical director Dr. Douglas Rivera. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options?CyberKnife offers patients a noninvasive treatment option that doesn’t impede on their lifestyle. CyberKnife can treat prostate cancer patients in five or

Prostate Cancer Series: Understanding the Treatment Process

Austin CyberKnife is committed to helping patients understand their diagnosis and the treatment process. The video below provides an overview of how CyberKnife® treats prostate cancer and the benefits of using this advanced technology. This post is part of a series dedicated to addressing one of the most important health issues facing men today. Check

Research Notes: High-dose Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Effective, Quick for Localized Prostate Cancer

In a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, researchers found that men with organ-confined prostate cancer can be treated successfully with stereotactic body radiation therapy. The five-year, multi-center study evaluated low-risk, intermediate-risk and high-risk patients for up to four years following treatment. At the five-year mark, the

Prostate Cancer Staging

In a previous post, we discussed a basic overview of cancer staging. Prostate cancer is staged using the TNM system, established by the American Joint Committee on Cancer. The system uses five factors to stage prostate cancer: 1. The size of the tumor or “T” 2. The presence of cancer in nearby lymph nodes or