Patient success story
Prostate cancer patient becomes survivor thanks to CyberKnife®
After only five treatments, George Frick’s wife said it best: “I got George back.”
In February 2008, 69-year-old George Frick was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His urologist went over the options of watchful waiting, surgery, and radiation. After seeing his brother go through the external bean treatment for the same type of cancer, George was concerned about the potential side effects of incontinence, impotence and bowel problems – not to mention the 30 separate treatments. So he and his wife, Judi, set out to explore other options.
Judi remembered watching a commercial for CyberKnife®, a non-surgical option with minimal side effects and fewer required treatments. Through their own research, George and Judi decided this technology may be the best solution. So George asked his urologist about it at his next appointment. The doctor agreed; he believed CyberKnife® was a viable option.
George scheduled a consultation at the CyberKnife® Center of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Led by the manager and a radiation oncologist, the team offered George positive news – he was definitely a good candidate for CyberKnife®.
Optimistic about beating this cancer, George got started right away. He was initially surprised by the convenience of the procedures. Like many patients undergoing CyberKnife® treatment, George needed no immobilization devices. And the only patient preparation was to remove his belt and hand his wallet to Judi.
Just five appointments later, George completed his treatment. His Prostate Specific Antigen level, the main indicator for prostate cancer, has improved substantially. Now it’s official – George is a survivor. Judi expressed her thanks after her husband’s final treatment. “I got George back,” she said.
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