• Imrt or Cyberknife?

    Asked by easkey on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Imrt or Cyberknife?

    Which have the least side effects

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Easkey,
      IMRT has less side effects than SRS. Also IMRT is often more recommended with prostate cancer. Good luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Its my understanding that they are the same. What did your Radiologist say? They should really be the ones to describe in great detail what each modality means to you as far as treatment and side effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • easkey's Avatar
      easkey

      well he recommended imrt, over 45 treatments , I am very concerned with the impotence side of the treatment, I guess no matter which one i choose I will have to deal with this

      over 4 years ago
    • easkey's Avatar
      easkey

      Thanks Carm , I personally believe RN,s have a better understanding of health issues than some docs, because they are in the trenches every day and see first hand the rusults good and bad so I value your opinion , thanks

      over 4 years ago
    • easkey's Avatar
      easkey

      also , Is there a support group around the Boynton Beach fl 33426 area

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Easkey,
      Let me try and explain the differences between IMRT and SRS. Intense Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is given in greater doses of intensity to the thickest areas of the tumor by placing these tiny metal leaves into the beam to reduce the intensity, and deflect to a specific point as well as to customize the shape of the dose to accomodate the tumor. Steriotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) like Gamma Knife or Cyber Knife consists of a large precise dose of radiation to a very small area of a tumor. Normally with SRS there are specific criteria for its use. The tumor should be spherical or ball shaped, 2.5 cm or less in size, and it should be free of any vascular or neural structures. Most men don't have erectile problems during or right after IMRT however, you do have to remember that over some time the problem may develop because radiation will harm the nerves responsible for erections. You have to expect that ED might come into play regardless of the therapy and I can understand your concern. I am close to you in age, and even as a woman I can say that as I age I prefer not to lose any function I still possess no matter how much or little I rely on it. I am going to attach a link to a support group in your area called Man to Man and I think it might be of use to you. If not, there is an organization called Us Too International and they have wonderful support groups world wide, I think their website is so informative. I have attached a link to them as well. Thank you for the vote of confidence in your prior post, and for the opportunity to serve you. I am here should you need any further assistance, Carm RN.

      http://www.refersoftware.com/floridaaging/Detail.aspx?k;;0;;;0;103485;203069;23968;4;Adult%20Psychiatric%20Inpatient%20Units;;;Truepsa03

      http://www.ustoo.org/Chapter_NearYou.asp?country1=United%20States

      over 4 years ago
    • carezeb's Avatar
      carezeb

      Has anyone had Cyberknife for Non-Small Lung cancer? If so, what results did you receive?

      over 4 years ago
    • yww's Avatar
      yww

      I have heard proton beam therapy may even have less side effects than IMRT, Tomotherapy, ....Cyberknife since it produces low energy when going thru the good area thus doing least damage to good tissues and good organs. It "explodes" when it reaches the target with the maximum energy level.

      over 4 years ago
    • carezeb's Avatar
      carezeb

      Thanks for of your responses.

      over 4 years ago

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