A Comprehensive Approach
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men: About 1 in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. In 2019, about 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer have been diagnosed. (Source: American Cancer Society)
At Catholic Health Services, our team of specialists offer a comprehensive approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating prostate cancer: from early detection prostate screenings to cutting-edge treatment options.
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® in Roslyn, NY and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY provide the most advanced medical technology to accomplish targeted prostate cancer treatments.
CHS also provides prostate cancer services at: Mercy Medical Center (Rockville Centre, NY); St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center (Smithtown, NY); St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY); and St. Joseph Hospital (Bethpage, NY).
Call today to find a CHS oncologist near you. (855) CHS-4500 (855-247-4500)
The Future of Prostate Cancer Radiation Treatment
Varian TrueBeam®, offered at St. Francis Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, is the latest advance in stereotactic radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy and a focus on patient comfort.
TrueBeam provides significant advantages over Cyberknife®:
- High resolution real-time imaging for precise targeting.
- Treatment can be performed in as few as five sessions and each session takes 15 minutes. Cyberknife® takes 45 minutes.
- Cyberknife™ cannot “see” the prostate. To compensate for this shortcoming, metallic markers must be implanted into the prostate transrectally prior to the procedure. This procedure isn’t necessary with TrueBeam.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers Varian Edge®, a radiosurgery system that enhances patient comfort by reducing the overall time and resources required for surgery when compared to traditional methods.
- Extensive, real-time tracking capabilities improve the efficiency and precision of radiation treatments.
- Oncologists can pinpoint the target and deliver highly focused treatments, in fewer sessions, at a noticeably fast rate, while minimizing the dose received by surrounding healthy tissue.
Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer
Surgery for prostate cancer is known as radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection (removal of the lymph nodes near the prostate).
St. Francis Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offer the latest form of minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic system.
Robotic radical prostatectomy has significant advantages over traditional open surgery:
- Performed through five tiny incisions in the abdomen.
- Significantly less blood loss, post operative pain and length of stay in the hospital with most patients going home in 1-2 days.
- Patient are able to recover and return to normal activity much sooner.
The extreme precision of robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform nerve sparing, which results in greater potency after surgery. This precision is also translated to the anastomosis (attaching the bladder to the urethra) – resulting in reduced time with a foley catheter (seven days total) and quicker time to total continence.