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At Ackerman Cancer Center, we provide a wide range of effective treatment options for prostate cancer, including proton therapy, and offer same-day appointments whenever possible. We have a team of doctors to work with you to craft the treatment plan right for you that maximizes your ability to manage side effects and preserve prostate function.
Our team of board-certified radiation oncologists will always take the time to help you determine the best treatment plan for you and answer any questions you may have about the impact on your health and lifestyle. We are committed to providing you with information about all treatment options so that you can make the best choice for you.
Proton therapy is a new form of treatment that fights prostate cancer while minimizing side effects. With the comparatively low occurrence of side effects like incontinence, impotence, and fatigue, men with prostate cancer who receive proton therapy are often able to continue living normal lives during and after treatment.
During radiation therapy for prostate cancer, there is a risk of rectal exposure due to the rectum’s proximity to the prostate. At Ackerman Cancer Center, we offer the SpaceOAR hydrogel system to ensure maximum safety and minimum excess radiation exposure for patients undergoing prostate cancer treatment.
SpaceOAR significantly reduces the incidence of rectal bleeding and the severity other side effects during and after prostate cancer treatment, making the decision to start radiation therapy an easier one. This is an option available in addition to the rectal balloon.
Your oncology team will help you determine which treatment method will produce the best results for your type of prostate cancer. At Ackerman, you will have access to some of the most advanced prostate cancer fighting technology currently available.
Ackerman Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art prostate treatment options include:
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the x-ray beams travel through the tumor destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. While proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are radiation therapy approaches that utilize multiple imaging and motion management techniques to precisely deliver radiation to tumors.
IMRT uses beams of radiation with multiple angles and varying intensities to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3D images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Prostate seed implants are a type of internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy. A doctor or clinician implants radioactive seeds (containing either iodine-125 or palladium-103) into specific parts of the prostate gland using ultrasound guidance. The number of seeds and where they are placed is determined by a treatment plan tailored for each patient. Anywhere from 40 to 160 seeds are commonly implanted.
The implants remain in place permanently and the radioactivity of the seeds slowly decays during several weeks to months. This technique allows a high dose of radiation to be delivered to the prostate with limited exposure to nearby organs.
The first step is scheduling a consultation. To set up a consultation, please call us at 904-880-5522. Setting up a consultation allows you to get your questions answered and take the first step in getting a comprehensive cancer care partner to address your financial, social, emotional, and physical journey.
At the heart of every single treatment delivered at Ackerman Cancer Center is a patient whose life has been impacted by cancer. Meet Dennis. His story brings hope and encouragement to others battling this difficult disease. Listen as he shares his experience.
Listen as R.B., Prostate Cancer survivor, discusses his experiences, from cancer diagnosis to Proton Therapy treatment at Ackerman Cancer Center to survivorship, with Arthur Crofton of WEJZ.
In fall 2014, my PSA level jumped to 14. I had a da Vinci prostatectomy, but my numbers began to climb again, so I was treated for Prostate Cancer with Proton Therapy at Ackerman Cancer Center. When I completed proton treatment, my PSA score was undetectable, below 1.0. The quality of treatment I received at Ackerman Cancer Center helped. It’s like a family here. It reflects in the way everybody treats the patients. Dr. Ackerman is always available. Any time you ask, he stops what he’s doing, and he’ll talk to you.
Excellent doctors. Excellent equipment. Excellent staff.
I finished Proton Radiation Therapy treatments in July 2015. The treatments couldn't have gone better. The entire staff at Ackerman Cancer Center was very professional and very caring. I interacted with many people at the Center. From the office workers, to the nurses, social workers, dietitians, technicians, and doctors - I was always treated with positive attitudes and the feeling that everyone was working just for me. I am very grateful to the Ackerman Cancer Center for my treatment and excellent care. I do not believe that I could have received any better treatment and care anywhere in the world.
I can honestly say that I have never been shown [this level of] compassion and care of any medical facility I have ever been to. The entire staff displayed a true feeling of caring for their patients. They made me feel like family!