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

Diane Heaton, M.D. Discusses Trigeminal Neuralgia on Good Day Tulsa

Watch Oklahoma CyberKnife Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, Diane Heaton, M.D., discuss the debilitating nerve disorder Trigeminal Neuralgia on Good Day Tulsa. Trigeminal Neuralgia is extremely painful, but patients suffering from the disorder have experienced major relief from CyberKnife treatment.

Good Day Tulsa Visits Oklahoma CyberKnife

Watch KTUL-TV’s Good Day Tulsa visit Oklahoma CyberKnife and learn about brain tumors. Dr. Diane Heaton, radiation oncologist and Medical Director at Oklahoma CyberKnife and Dr. Michael Thambuswamy, neurosurgeon at Oklahoma Spine and Brain Institute, discuss benign and metastatic intracranial tumors and how they are treated with the latest technology.

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Sponsors Tulsa Cattle Barons’ Ball

Physicians and staff from Oklahoma CyberKnife attended the 2018 Tulsa Cattle Barons’ Ball: Hope Takes Flight. The annual event was held Friday, September 21, in the Christiansen Hanger at the Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The aviation-themed event included live entertainment starring American Idol’s David Cook, food provided by top local restaurants including Burn

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

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

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 committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain

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

Diane Heaton, M.D. Discusses Lung Cancer on Good Day Tulsa

Watch Diane Heaton, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at Oklahoma CyberKnife, discuss lung cancer on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa. Dr. Heaton discussed what lung cancer is, lung cancer stats and risk factors, and how lung cancer is treated with CyberKnife technology.

Priscilla's Story

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.

Oklahoma CyberKnife Attends Tulsa Cattle Baron’s Ball

Physicians and staff from Oklahoma CyberKnife recently attended the 2017 Tulsa Cattle Baron’s Ball:  Hope Under the Stars. The annual event was held Friday, September 29, at the River West Festival Park in Tulsa.  The VIP party began at 5:30 p.m., the doors opened at 7 p.m., and the evening included food from top local

Oklahoma CyberKnife Hosts Meet and Greet Mixer

The staff at Oklahoma CyberKnife recently hosted a meet and greet happy hour mixer for healthcare workers in their community. The event was held on Tuesday, September 12th, at Roka, an Asian-fusion bar and restaurant in Tulsa, and was attended by over 20 administrators, nurses, and support staff from different specialty clinics in the area,

New Data Supports Use of SBRT in Elderly Patients with Early-Stage Lung Cancer

New data from a recent study titled “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Octo- and Nonagenarians for the Treatment of Early-Stage Lung Cancer” demonstrated that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a safe treatment option for early-stage lung cancer patients aged 80 or older. The study, which was published in The Red Journal, the official journal

ASTRO Issues Guidelines for Using High-dose Focused Radiation in Early-stage Lung Cancer

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the premier radiation oncology society in the world for health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies, has released new guidelines for treating inoperable lung cancer patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The report, “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung

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

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Radiation Therapy

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder called 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

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

Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week

National Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week is May 7 – 13, 2017. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about acoustic neuroma (AN), a slow-growing benign tumor of the vestibular cochlear nerve that connects the ear to the brain.  This nerve has two distinct parts, one part associated with transmitting sound and the other with sending

Dr. Heuser's CyberKnife 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 Choice.

CyberKnife System Provides Long-term Disease Control for Prostate Cancer Patients

Accuray Incorporated, the manufacturer of the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, recently announced data from a study which showed that treatment with the CyberKnife System for low and intermediate risk prostate cancer provides excellent long-term results. The seventeen center study, which was presented last month at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO

The Lung Center at Hillcrest Scans 500th Patient

The Lung Center at Hillcrest recently scanned its 500th patient! This is huge news because according to The Advisory Board Company, a best practices firm that uses a combination of research, technology and consulting to improve the performance of health care organizations around the world, the average number of patients screened per year at a

Early Diagnosis: These Five Cancer Screenings Are Recommended

One of the ways you can reduce your risk for cancer is by getting screening tests that can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.  By the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and

Stereotactic Radiosurgery May Be Best for Patients with Metastatic Brain Tumors

A recent study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, an international peer-reviewed medical journal, found that patients with three or fewer metastatic brain tumors who received treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) had less cognitive deterioration three months after treatment than patients who received SRS combined with whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). For

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

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 of

Brain Tumors

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or

Understanding How Cancer Spreads and How It May Be Stopped

In a special issue of Science magazine, published last month, the latest findings on how cancer cells metastasize from primary to distant sites are highlighted in a number of reviews and perspective articles that outline the latest advances in understanding the process of metastasis, and also how it could be stopped.  The articles covered how

Oklahoma CyberKnife Hosts Ladies Night Out

Diane Heaton, M.D. and Connie Nguyen, M.D., radiation oncologists at Oklahoma CyberKnife, recently hosted a ladies night out for female physicians in our community.  The event, which was attended by seven local physicians, was held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Tulsa Glassblowing School.   The night was co-sponsored by Advantage 3T MRI, a diagnostic

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure

According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, a five-year study shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches.  The study, the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer, found a 98.6 percent

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

Treating Prostate Cancer with Radiation Therapy Prostate cancer is a major health concern for American men.  It is the second most common cancer in American men and about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 180,890 new cases of

Tulsa Cattle Baron's Ball

Diane Heaton, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at Oklahoma CyberKnife, was a Baron for the second time at this year’s Tulsa Cattle Baron’s Ball.  The Cattle Baron’s Ball is Tulsa’s single largest American Cancer Society fundraiser, and is responsible for raising more than $1.3 Million in the past seven years to fund lifesaving cancer

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Proudly Supports the Radiosurgical Research Institute

The Radiosurgical Research Institute (RRI), a 501c3 public charity, is the only independent medical research organization committed to improving the outcomes of cancer patients treated with radiosurgery.  Its mission is to advance radiosurgery as a cancer treatment through innovation, education, and quality research in collaboration with treatment centers around the world.   Before RRI, radiosurgical

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

Improved Survival Rates Shown for Metastatic Brain Tumor Patients Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery Alone

A recent study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology assessed survival rates of metastatic brain tumor patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone, compared to those treated with a combination of SRS and whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT).   Researchers analyzed patient data from three of the largest clinical trials of SRS and WBRT conducted

New Study: CyberKnife Effective for Treating Metastatic Lung Tumors

A recent study published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease presents data confirming CyberKnife® as a safe and effective treatment option for patients with metastatic lung cancer. The study evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of CyberKnife for 95 patients with lung metastases. A total of 134 metastatic lung tumors were treated with stereotactic body radiation

Trigeminal Neuralgia: A CyberKnife Patient Testimonial

After five years of suffering from the debilitating symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, former patient Robert P. decided to undergo noninvasive CyberKnife® treatment. Watch the video below to view a testimonial from Robert about his treatment experience and learn more about CyberKnife. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your

Insurance Policy Update: Humana® Now Covers SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Humana recently announced it has updated its position on stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  Their coverage policy now covers SBRT treatment for early and intermediate stage prostate cancer. An announcement from the CyberKnife Coalition (CKC) stated “The CyberKnife Coalition is pleased to announce that effective May 28, 2015 early stage prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Urologist

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer in 2019. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer, your physician may recommend screening or additional tests to confirm a diagnosis. Most often a urologist performs the tests and may present initial treatment options if the disease

June is Men’s Health Month

A time dedicated to raising awareness and promoting education around the prevention and early detection of health issues and diseases affecting men, June is Men’s Health Month. Each year, the Men’s Health Network and health care organizations across the country participate by offering screenings, educational health fairs and community outreach activities. Here’s how you can

Patient Testimonial: CyberKnife for Metastatic Cancer

Metastatic breast cancer patient, Debbie B. has fought back against the disease for nearly 25 years. CyberKnife was used to treat two metastatic brain tumors that developed when Debbie’s breast cancer metastasized, or spread. Watch the video below to learn more about CyberKnife® treatment and view a testimonial from Debbie regarding her experience. This is

Patient Education: Cancer.net Launches New Clinical Trial Tool

Cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), recently announced that it is now providing free access to a new educational program that helps patients and their caregivers learn about clinical trials. The video-based tool is called Preparatory Education About Clinical Trials (PRE-ACT) and is designed to improve patients’ general knowledge and

National Women’s Health Week: 2015 Women’s Cancer Statistics

This week marks the beginning of the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week. The goal of women’s health week is to empower women of all ages to make their health a priority. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since being established in 2008, community organizations and support groups honor this time with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, and while all

Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia: Typical vs. Atypical

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is an excruciating nerve disorder that occurs 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 categorized as typical or atypical, and symptoms typically differ depending on the type: Typical: Typical TN

Patient Resources: How to Cope Emotionally When Cancer Comes Back

Anger, frustration and distress are just a few of the many emotions patients may have if their cancer comes back. Although these feelings are normal and expected, there are measures you can take to help relieve these added stresses. Below are coping strategies that may help you as you navigate treatment: Take the time to

National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week: A Focus on Screening

April 12-18 is recognized as Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, a time focused on promoting education around these types of cancer and screening methods for early detection.  Below are a few facts from the National Cancer Institute regarding oral, head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of

National Cancer Control Month: Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men, and affects one man in seven in his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. In recognition of National Cancer Control Month this April, Oklahoma CyberKnife shares preventive tips and healthy habits that may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. View the

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Treatment Options When Cancer Spreads

If lung cancer is detected through screening, scanning or biopsy methods, staging the cancer is an important next step in determining what treatment or combination of treatments may be best to present to a patient. Generally speaking, Stage I and II lung cancer patients in good health are usually treated with surgery. However, for those

Patient Education: A Guide to CyberKnife Prostate Cancer Treatment

The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 2,500 Oklahoma men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. If you or a loved one is facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, understanding your treatment options is an important first step. Prostate cancer is one of Oklahoma CyberKnife’s most frequently treated diseases. Learn more about the disease and

Common Cancer Treatment Terms

Patients coping with a cancer diagnosis may hear unfamiliar medical terms related to their disease and its treatment. We’ve chosen three common cancer treatment terms and provided brief overviews of what they mean below. Ablation or Ablative: Refers to surgical removal of tissue. When discussing CyberKnife treatment, ablation refers to the process of destroying and

Jan’s Story: How CyberKnife Helped a Stage IV Kidney Cancer Patient

When Jan C. was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer, she looked to CyberKnife® for a noninvasive treatment option. In the video below, Jan shares her success story with the powerful cancer-fighting technology that was crucial to her recovery.  This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care

March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 61,500 new cases of kidney cancer are expected in 2015. Kidney cancer is also known as renal cancer and is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. In regards to kidney cancer statistics, the American Cancer Society states for reasons that are

CyberKnife Capabilities When Cancer Comes Back

If you or a loved one is facing a cancer recurrence, it’s normal to feel shock and distress. When a patient’s cancer comes back, it’s important to understand that a recurrence does not mean the first treatment didn’t work, and it doesn’t mean you did anything wrong following treatment.  The American Cancer Society states, “Even

CyberKnife Treatment for Neurological Diseases: An Overview of Recent Studies

Two studies presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) reinforced the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery for neurological diseases, using the CyberKnife® system. One study was completed at the University Hospital of Messina in Italy. In the research, Dr. Alfredo Conti used CyberKnife to treat perioptic meningiomas, a type

American Cancer Society 2015 Cancer Statistics for Oklahoma

Each year, the American Cancer Society releases an annual report highlighting projections and forecasts in the cancer industry regarding estimated numbers of new cases and deaths, current cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and other information on symptoms, risks, early detection methods and treatment options. In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer

National Cancer Prevention Month: A Focus on Lung Screenings

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and Oklahoma CyberKnife would like to recognize this time by highlighting healthy lifestyle tips recommended by the American Institute for Cancer Research. These include: Eating plenty of plant foods, limiting intake of red meat and avoiding processed meat. Being physically active daily for 30 minutes or more. Maintaining a

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

When Cancer Comes Back: Frequently Asked Questions

When facing a recurrent cancer diagnosis, you may have questions about how or why your cancer has come back. While it’€™s important to have your doctor explain your individual diagnosis in detail, you can read below for answers to some commonly asked questions about recurrent cancer: What is recurrent cancer? According to the American Cancer Society,

CyberKnife for Metastatic Liver Cancer

The liver is the largest organ in the body. Liver cancer starts in the liver and can spread to other organs in the body. Patients with liver cancer typically don’t show symptoms until the disease is beyond the primary stage and the cancer has advanced and spread to other parts of the body. When this

Maintaining Quality of Life During Cancer Treatment

Whether it’s you or a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, making a treatment decision can feel like an overwhelming experience. While eradicating or controlling the disease is a main priority, other factors such as maintaining quality of life during and after treatment may also be a concern for some patients. Depending on the diagnosis,

Questions to Ask Your Doctor if Newly Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Upon receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis, an essential first step involves asking questions and discussing your diagnosis with your doctor to help you and your medical team make the most informed treatment decisions. Oklahoma CyberKnife encourages our patients to prepare a list of questions before their consultation. Here are a few questions suggested by the

New Research: Treating Prostate Cancer with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

In the last decade, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has become an increasingly accepted treatment approach for prostate cancer thanks to clinical studies and research completed by some of the world’s top cancer experts. Below are three recently published studies that support the use of SBRT for prostate cancer. The advanced approach delivers precisely focused

December is Cancer-Related Fatigue Awareness Month

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, cancer-related fatigue is a persistent feeling of physical, emotional, or mental tiredness caused by cancer and/or its treatment. Unlike normal fatigue, the feeling may not be relieved by rest or sleep and may last for months or years following cancer treatment. Patients experiencing fatigue may find it impossible

Recurrent Cancer: How Can CyberKnife Help?

When cancer comes back, you may feel fear and wonder what options you have. As cancer treatment technologies have evolved, patients can now feel hopeful about the treatment options available to them. Doctors are finding more ways to combine treatment approaches that target the cancer while reducing treatment times and minimizing side effects for patients

Movember and Men's Health Awareness

This November marks the ten-year anniversary of Movember, a global campaign focused on raising awareness of important men’s health issues including mental health and prostate cancer. Each year millions of men vow not to shave through the entire month while fundraising and spreading the word on health issues most important to them. At Oklahoma CyberKnife,

CyberKnife: 20 Years of Advancing Cancer Care

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife technology. Oklahoma CyberKnife is proud to commemorate this milestone. Developed in 1994 at Stanford by Dr. John Adler, the concept was conceived with the goal of treating tumors throughout the body with radiosurgery, a treatment that at the time was restricted to head and neck tumors. Over the

Prostate Cancer: The Importance of Informed Treatment Decisions

Prostate cancer is a disease that will affect 1 man in 7 during his lifetime. Whether it’s you or a loved one facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, Oklahoma CyberKnife urges men to seek out all information available in order to make the best and most informed treatment decisions. Reviewing your medical history with your doctor,

Top 5 Benefits of CyberKnife

Oklahoma CyberKnife offers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat various types of malignant and benign tumors. This treatment is delivered with advanced CyberKnife® technology, a state-of-the-art system that treats tumors with high-dose radiation precisely matched to the size and shape of the tumor. Treatment with CyberKnife offers many

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: Symptoms and Treatments

Sometimes described as the most excruciating pain a person can experience, trigeminal neuralgia is a debilitating facial nerve disorder. October 7 is recognized as International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a time to highlight this debilitating condition and encourage those who experience symptoms to seek an expert opinion, as many cases of TN are frequently misdiagnosed.

Get to Know: Dr. Heaton

Our medical director Dr. Diane Heaton was the first physician to perform radiosurgery in Oklahoma. For more than 15 years, she has shared her knowledge and experience treating patients with CyberKnife® technology. She is a member of numerous medical organizations, including the American Society of Radiation Oncology and has received many awards in recognition of

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 events nationwide to support

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Steps Following a Diagnosis

More than 1,800 men in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and support for the fight against the disease. Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer

CyberKnife Treatment Overview for Prostate Cancer

For prostate cancer patients considering CyberKnife® treatment, it’s important to understand what to expect during the process. The presentation below provides an overview of prostate cancer and the CyberKnife treatment process from the initial consultation to the actual procedure. If you have questions or want to learn more about CyberKnife treatment, contact us. This is

Cancer Care Update: SBRT Gains Support for Prostate Cancer

Thanks to advances in prostate cancer research over recent years, there is a growing amount of support for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment option for prostate cancer. Read below to learn more about some key milestones in SBRT prostate cancer research from world-renowned cancer organizations and researchers. “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Localized

Wellpoint Anthem Updates Policy to Include Coverage of SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the second largest commercial payer in the United States, recently announced that it has updated its SRS/SBRT policy to cover treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is a powerful, noninvasive treatment approach that targets radiation beams to match the size and shape of

Stages of Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one has received a prostate cancer diagnosis, having an understanding of the stages of prostate cancer can help you to make a more informed decision on your treatment plan. To learn more about prostate cancer and its stages, view our presentation below. This is not intended as medical advice to

Early Detection Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Not all prostate cancer diagnoses are the same, so it is important to learn more about early detection for the disease. Since prostate cancers can grow slowly without causing harm, men should be fully informed of the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of cancer screening before making a decision to undergo testing for prostate cancer.

Benefits of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Patients

While CyberKnife® technology has been in use for more than 20 years in the cancer industry, many people still have questions about how this technology treats tumors with minimal side effects. Below are some common questions and answers about CyberKnife stereotactic body radiation therapy. How is SBRT with CyberKnife different from conventional radiation therapy in

How does CyberKnife Track Your Tumor?

During the initial consultation visit with a potential new patient, one of the most common questions we receive is “how does CyberKnife® track my tumor?” Using an advanced imaging and tracking system that constantly updates the tumor location throughout the treatment session, the CyberKnife machine continually monitors the location of tumors during treatment. The technology

Oklahoma CyberKnife Celebrates Six Years of Service to Cancer Community

This month is an important milestone for Oklahoma CyberKnife as we recognize six years of helping patients throughout Oklahoma fight and beat cancer. As a proud partner of Hillcrest Medical Center, we have treated more than 1,000 patients since opening in 2008. Lung and brain tumors represent the majority of cases treated at Oklahoma CyberKnife, encompassing

Lung Cancer: Treatment Options When Cancer Spreads

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. However, most people overlook symptoms of lung cancer, such as fatigue and coughing, making early-stage lung cancer difficult to detect. After lung cancer has been detected, determining the stage of the

Patient Education: The CyberKnife Treatment Process

CyberKnife® technology provides an important alternative for patients seeking a nonsurgical option with shorter treatment times, fewer side effects and a more rapid recovery in their fight against lung cancer. Understanding your treatment options is an important first step on your journey to fighting lung disease. At Oklahoma CyberKnife, lung tumors are a frequently treated

Men's Health Month: A Look at Lung Cancer

Celebrated each June to coincide with Father’s Day, Men’s Health Month spotlights preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer in men. Lung cancer is characterized by

Spotlight On: The LUNGevity Foundation

Functioning as a national organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer, the LUNGevity Foundation focuses on supporting research for early detection and treatment, as well as providing community support and educational options for those affected by lung disease. The foundation offers one of the largest

World No Tobacco Day: Smoke-free Women

World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and observed globally on May 31, encourages people to give up all tobacco products for a 24-hour period. This year’s theme focuses on global tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. According to the World Health Organization, women make up about 20 percent of the world’s

Get to Know Oklahoma CyberKnife

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, we focus on educating cancer patients about the treatment process to ensure needs and concerns are met before, during and after a patient’s CyberKnife treatment. Below is an overview of the center, physicians and staff. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care

Stages of Lung Cancer

After an initial lung cancer diagnosis, assessing the stage of the cancer is the next step in determining treatment options. Staging describes the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, and helps doctors determine a prognosis and the best course of treatment. An overview of the stages of non-small cell lung cancer from the National

Studies Highlight Effectiveness of SBRT for Lung Cancer

Numerous studies continue to increase clinical research findings detailing the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer. A few of these findings are listed below: The German Society of Radiation Oncology collected data from nearly 600 non-small cell lung cancer patients who underwent SBRT. Thanks in large part to the radiotherapy dosage;

Event Recap: Oklahoma CyberKnife Hosts Open House

We are excited to celebrate six years as a proud partner of Hillcrest Medical Center! We hosted an open house event for hospital physicians and staff to commemorate this milestone. Guests were given a guided tour of the center and a demonstration of the CyberKnife® technology. Below are images from the event. To view more

Prostate Cancer Treatment Comparison: CyberKnife vs. Proton Therapy

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

Resources Available Through the American Lung Association

As America’s oldest voluntary health organization, the American Lung Association (ALA) is 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

Lung Tumors: An Overview of CyberKnife Treatment

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of one or both lungs that divide rapidly and form tumors. Lung tumors can be classified as non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second

Radiation Oncologist Spotlight: Dr. Connie Nguyen

We take great pride in our devoted physicians and staff at Oklahoma CyberKnife. Our radiation oncologist, Dr. Connie Nguyen, brings a wealth of knowledge in cancer treatment for our patients. She participated in the development of the first CyberKnife® at Stanford University School of Medicine and recruited patients into CyberKnife protocols. Dr. Nguyen’s specialties include:

Upcoming Event: Oklahoma CyberKnife Hosts Open House

2014 marks our sixth year as a proud partner of Hillcrest Medical Center! To commemorate this milestone, we are planning an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Guided tours of our facilities will be provided, and our medical director, Dr. Diane Heaton will speak about the benefits of CyberKnife® treatment. The event

Lung Tumors: A CyberKnife Treatment Overview

A lung tumor diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, but understanding your treatment options is an important first step on your journey to fighting the disease. Lung tumors are one of Oklahoma CyberKnife’s most frequently treated diseases. Below is an informative presentation on lung cancer and the CyberKnife® treatment process. This is not intended as

From Former Smokers: Tips to Help You Stop Smoking

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, we know kicking the habit is difficult. For those looking to quit, it helps to hear from former smokers. Many ex-smokers admit quitting was one of the hardest things to do. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a guide to help you in your quest to quit smoking. You

Benefits of CyberKnife® for Lung Cancer Patients

Oklahoma CyberKnife treats lung tumors with an advanced procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). During the procedure, precisely targeted, high-dose radiation beams are delivered to the tumor without sedation or incision. One major benefit of using CyberKnife technology to treat lung tumors is the CyberKnife’s ability to track tumors in real time, adjusting for

Report Shows Lung Cancer Rates Decline

ACS-SU2C Collaboration: First Joint Project Involves Lung Cancer Research Grant The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) have joined forces in the fight against cancer in the United States. The first collaborative effort announced is a $20 million research project called the “Dream Team” focused on lung cancer. John R. Seffrin,

ACS-SU2C Collaboration: First Joint Project Involves Lung Cancer Research Grant

What to Expect During Your CyberKnife Treatment CyberKnife is a robotic technology that delivers stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of malignant and benign tumors in the head, neck and body and certain medical conditions. Treatment procedures usually take about 30 ? 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your tumor. Here are some steps to

What to Expect During Your CyberKnife Treatment

Early Detection is Key to Fighting Lung Cancer The purpose of lung cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Screening is recommended for those with the highest risk of lung cancer, which include patients who are current or former smokers with

Get the Facts: 2014 Lung Cancer Statistics

Lung cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the world, and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 224,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, with more than 3,300 Oklahomans facing a lung cancer diagnosis this year. Our presentation below contains

Why Speed Walking Can Improve Your Exercise Results

A new study released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory showed that while walking is the most popular physical activity, the speed and frequency varies greatly and so do the health benefits. According to Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times Well Blog: “Paul T. Williams, a statistician at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, gathered data about

Study: Why Do Healthy Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

While smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer, The Atlantic took a closer look at causes of younger non-smokers being diagnosed with the disease. The article cites that an estimated 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S. have never smoked and some are even diagnosed at a younger

How to Stay Healthy When You're Stuck Indoors

Winter is peak season for colds and flu. The cold weather keeps people indoors more than any other season, and the holidays bring friends and family of all ages together. With so many opportunities for germs to spread, follow these disease-fighting tips to stay healthy and avoid getting sick this season. Get vaccinated – The

CyberKnife: What Does It Treat?

Lung tumors, prostate cancer, and brain tumors are among our center’s most frequently treated diseases, yet CyberKnife® can also treat other diseases with 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 to

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Highlights Treatment Option During Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Oklahoma CyberKnife hopes to raise awareness of a noninvasive treatment option for the nation’s second-most common disease. The center has treated nearly 100 lung cancer patients using CyberKnife® technology this year. Evolving treatment options have improved quality of life and survival rates, helping lung cancer patients to

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 3,370 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Oklahoma 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

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Visits Oklahoma CyberKnife

We were honored to host Congressman Jim Bridenstine at our center! Congressman Bridenstine toured our facility and learned more about our CyberKnife treatment process during a presentation given by our medical director, Dr. Diane Heaton. We are looking forward to more visits from our community leaders in the future! To learn more about our center,

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

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, medical physicists play a key 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 our CyberKnife® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by

Staff Spotlight: Role of the Radiation Therapist at Oklahoma CyberKnife

Our radiation therapists play an important role in the care we provide our patients at Oklahoma CyberKnife. Several months ago, we highlighted the role radiation therapists have at our center. Check out our blog post to learn more about what our radiation therapists do before and during the CyberKnife treatment process. Craig Ritter and Allie

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

Spotlight On: The Stages of Cancer

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, determining the stage of the cancer is an important next step. Staging describes the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, which helps doctors determine the best course of treatment and a prognosis. Common Staging Procedures and Types: The most common staging is TNM, which designates three aspects of

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

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Information

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to educate others, fundraise and offer support to brain tumor patients. Here’s what you should know about brain tumors: More than 170,000 Americans will face a brain tumor diagnosis this year. Brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these therapies. Metastatic

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Treats Increased Number of Prostate Cancer Patients

A greater number of men in Oklahoma are now able to receive cancer care from Oklahoma CyberKnife due to expanded Medicare coverage for prostate cancer patients. Oklahoma CyberKnife began offering CyberKnife® treatment to prostate cancer patients with commercial insurance when it opened in 2008 as a service of Hillcrest Medical Center. Last year, the center

Prostate Cancer by the Numbers: American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

Have you seen the latest prostate cancer facts and figures released by the American Cancer Society? We’ve included some noteworthy stats below. To learn more, visit the prostate cancer section of the American Cancer Society website. This post is part of a series dedicated to addressing one of the most important health issues facing men

Oklahoma CyberKnife Treats 1,000th Patient

Oklahoma CyberKnife announces treatment of its 1000th patient this week as the center continues to treat patients throughout the Midwest using advanced cancer treatment technology. Since opening in 2008 as a service of Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma CyberKnife has drawn patients from across the state and region including Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. Approximately 35 percent

Spotlight On: Lung Cancer Treatment

The American Cancer Society estimates lung cancer will be detected in nearly 220,000 people this year. The disease, ranked as the most common cancer diagnosis worldwide, kills more people annually than breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. While surgery or external-beam radiation therapy is considered a standard treatment for lung cancer, patients who are in

Patient Perspectives: CyberKnife Testimonial

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, we know patients considering CyberKnife treatment like to hear from others who have undergone the procedure. To hear from a patient who was treated at another center about the positive impact of her CyberKnife treatment, view the video below. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment

Patient Perspectives: CyberKnife Testimonial

Spotlight on: Brain Tumors According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery is an advanced treatment option for brain tumors, providing an important nonsurgical alternative for patients. Below is a brief overview of brain tumors, incidence rates and treatment

Breast Cancer Awareness: Treatment Options When Breast Cancer Spreads

As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. The American Cancer Society estimates 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer is likely

Prostate Cancer Treatment Advancements Improve Survivorship

One in six men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime, totaling to 240,000 new cases this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have allowed nearly eight times as many men to count themselves as survivors of the pervasive disease. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness

Billie A.

“From the first moment I stepped into the Oklahoma CyberKnife office and was welcomed by Barbara, I felt at ease. After meeting Dr. Heaton, I felt at home. Everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I understood perfectly. Everyone that was involved with me and my treatment are the best.”

Fern G.

During the five days of my treatment, I could not have been more comfortable. Beginning at the front office, I was offered coffee, during treatment I relaxed to good country music and often drifted off to sleep. My thanks to the entire staff at CyberKnife. God Bless you all!

Oklahoma CyberKnife Shares Men's Health Awareness Tips

June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. One of the common health threats to men is prostate cancer. In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimates about 241,740 new diagnoses of prostate cancer.

Oklahoma CyberKnife Shares Benefits of CyberKnife Treatment for Employers

Oklahoma CyberKnife recently participated in the 2012 Oklahoma Human Resources Conference and Expo, themed “The Art of HR.” Oklahoma CyberKnife staff educated human resource representatives on the benefits of CyberKnife treatment for both the employee and the employer. We are proud to have represented CyberKnife treatment at this event and thank all employers who took

Oklahoma CyberKnife focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of

Oklahoma CyberKnife Highlights Healthy Living for National Cancer Control Month

In support of April as Cancer Control Month, Oklahoma CyberKnife is encouraging residents to use a proactive approach to a healthy lifestyle. Cancer Control Month highlights the progress in fighting cancer and increases awareness of who is at risk. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month seek to encourage healthy lifestyles, promote cancer screening, increase access

Words from our Patients: CyberKnife Testimonial

At Oklahoma CyberKnife, we love helping improve the lives of our patients. To hear from one of our previous patients about the positive impact of CyberKnife treatment, view the video below. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you

TrailBlazer Now Covering CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer

TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, one of fifteen independent regional contractors for Medicare, has announced that it will begin covering CyberKnife treatment of prostate cancer as of today, Jan. 30, 2012, provided that patients are enrolled in a clinical study. This policy revision expands Oklahomans’ access to a treatment that was approved by the Food & Drug

The Connection between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution

When you think of risk factors for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., what comes to mind?  Most of us think about the risk associated with smoking cigarettes, but a recent article from the American Lung Association, a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save

New Decision Aids Support Shared Decision Making for Lung Cancer Screening

According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2016 report, almost 4,000 people will die from lung cancer in Missouri this year.  One way to lower this number is by increasing the number of lung cancer screenings.  For some adults, annual lung cancer screening could lead to an early diagnosis and life-saving treatment. 

Study Says Lung Cancer Survival Increases Sharply If Caught Early

According to a recent study in England, increased screening to identify and monitor people at high risk for lung cancer could increase their chance for five-year survival by nearly three-quarters.  Researchers at the University of Liverpool suggest leaders in Britain set up a national screening program to catch more lung cancer earlier, with the hope

Infographic: Metastatic Cancer

Oklahoma CyberKnife Upgrades Their CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System As part of their commitment to ensure patients are treated with the most advanced technology available, Oklahoma CyberKnife recently upgraded their CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.   The CyberKnife System was upgraded from the 8.5 version to the 10.5 version, with extra features added including the Storage Vault,

The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

A recent article from CancerConnect.com, a patient-focused cancer website, suggests that if you have been diagnosed with cancer, seeking a second opinion will allow you to learn more about your cancer type and make truly informed decisions about treatment.  The article recommends that all cancer patients should consider seeing at least one additional expert after

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

Prostate Cancer Treated More Aggressively in the City

According to a recent study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, urban men with localized prostate cancer may be more likely to get surgery or radiation than their rural peers.  Men had 23 percent higher odds of getting these aggressive treatments when they lived in densely populated U.S. counties than if they

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

Treating Prostate Cancer with Radiation Therapy

Prostate cancer is a major health concern for American men.  It is the second most common cancer in American men and about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer and about 26,120 deaths

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Upgrades Their CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System

As part of their commitment to ensure patients are treated with the most advanced technology available, Oklahoma CyberKnife recently upgraded their CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.   The CyberKnife System was upgraded from the 8.5 version to the 10.5 version, with extra features added including the Storage Vault, MultiPlan V5.5 TPS, and Xsight Spine Prone.  

CVS Plans to Stop Selling Tobacco Products by October 2014

CVS has announced that, by October 2014, it will stop selling cigarette and tobacco products in all locations nationwide, making it the first major drug store chain to pull cigarettes from its shelves. With tobacco remaining the No. 1 cause of preventable death in America, CVS determined that selling the harmful product contradicts the healthy

Early Detection is Key to Fighting Lung Cancer

The purpose of lung cancer screening is to find the disease at an early stage, before symptoms appear, making the chances for successful treatment greater. Screening is recommended for those with the highest risk of lung cancer, which include patients who are current or former smokers with a history of at least one pack a

Oklahoma CyberKnife Speaks to Tulsa Chapter of Professional Coders

Dr. Diane Heaton, Medical Director of Oklahoma CyberKnife, was the guest speaker at a recent event held by the Tulsa Chapter of the American Association of Professional Coders. During her presentation, Dr. Heaton gave an overview of CyberKnife technology and shared coding information for stereotactic radiosurgery treatment. We were honored to attend this event and

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

Oklahoma CyberKnife Celebrates Fifth Year at Hillcrest Medical Center

This month, Oklahoma CyberKnife reaches its five-year anniversary treating cancer patients throughout the Midwest. A service of Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma CyberKnife has treated more than 1,000 patients since opening in 2008. Patients from across the region, including Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri, have sought out Oklahoma CyberKnife to receive treatment using CyberKnife® technology, an advanced

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

Prostate Cancer by the Numbers: American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

Have you seen the latest prostate cancer facts and figures released by the American Cancer Society? We’ve included some noteworthy stats below. To learn more, visit the prostate cancer section of the American Cancer Society website. This post is part of a series dedicated to addressing one of the most important health issues facing men

Prostate Cancer Series: What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease specific to men and develops in the prostate – a walnut-shaped organ in a man’s lower abdomen that controls the flow of urine and semen through the reproductive system. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing tumor, often causing no symptoms until it reaches a

Lung Cancer Awareness Important for Prevention, Early Detection

As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition of National Lung