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Prostate Cancer Treatment: Match Between CyberKnife And Robotic Prostate Surgery And The Winner Is?
Date:9/27/2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, has performed over 3,500 robotic prostatectomy procedures in the past ten years for prostate cancer. Robotics is among the latest buzzwords across a wide range of medical specialties. With regard to prostate cancer treatment, the options are vast and the names can often be confusing. For example, robotic prostatectomy surgery has very little in common with robotic radiosurgery, despite the similarities in name.

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Robotic radiosurgery, also branded as CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery, is not robotic surgery. Developed by Accuray, a radiation oncology company, FDA-approved CyberKnife involves no cutting at all, but rather is radiation for the treatment of cancer. Through a series of 1-5 procedures on different days, the patient receives targeted radiation to the cancerous area. This is a minimally invasive procedure believed to limit the radiation exposure to the surrounding non-cancerous tissue through its precise ability to hone in on the cancerous prostate. A recent multi-center study of low-risk prostate cancer patients showed a 93 percent non-recurrence rate after 5 years, though the procedure is relatively new and data is limited.

In Dr. Samadi's opinion, this type of radiosurgery has two significant limitations. First, it relies on pre-surgery CT scan data to determine th
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