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The NCH Advantage • Technology

Tiny incisions, faster recovery

As a minimally invasive treatment, da Vinci Surgery for prostate cancer offers numerous potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery. Using da Vinci, surgeons operate through tiny 5-12 mm incisions — which is roughly the diameter of a pencil.

Download a brochure on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

View our list of da Vinci trained surgeons at NCH

Putting the latest medical advances in prostate care to work for you

At Northwest Community Hospital, you'll find the caring environment, easy access and personalized services you expect from a community hospital prostate program with the innovative technology you would find in a teaching hospital.

We are committed to providing advanced technology to treat signs of prostate cancer because it provides greater precision, less pain, faster recovery and a lower risk of side effects for the prostate cancer patient.

Advanced technologies—combining better results in prostate cancer treatment with fewer risks

da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System—The preferred surgical approach for treatment of prostate cancer. Using state-of-the-art da Vinci technology, surgeons perform delicate operations with remarkable accuracy through only a few tiny incisions. We are one of the few hospitals in the area to offer the next generation of this technology, the da Vinci Si - featuring high-definition 3D vision and patented robotic surgical instruments. This minimally invasive form of prostate cancer surgery results in less pain, fewer side effects and a shorter hospital stay.

CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System (SRS)—A non-invasive alternative to surgery for prostate cancer. It uses an extremely accurate, computer-controlled robotic arm to target prostate cancer tumors with high-dose radiation. Treatment duration is shorter than traditional radiation therapies for prostate cancer. We were the first hospital in the Chicago area to offer this groundbreaking technology.

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)—This is one of the primary treatments for patients with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer.

Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy—This is an extremely effective method for treating early stage prostate cancers. Unlike external beam radiation, which delivers a high dose of radiation from outside the body, this technique is a low energy type of radiation therapy. Tiny radioactive devices called seeds are implanted permanently inside the prostate cancer tumor to kill cancer cells. This minimizes radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue. On average, 60 to 120 seeds, each smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the prostate gland. The low-energy isotopes used in the seeds lose their radioactivity quickly.

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy—Tiny plastic catheters, which are placed into the prostate gland, deliver radiation therapy via tiny radioactive devices called seeds. The catheters are then easily removed, and no radioactive material is left in the prostate gland.

Calypso® Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IG-IMRT)—Northwest Community Hospital is one of only three healthcare institutions in Illinois with this radiation therapy technology. NCH's prostate cancer services offers the Calypso® Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system, also known as GPS for the Body®, which tracks tumors for more accurate radiation therapy. Tiny beacons that emit radio signals are implanted in the cancerous prostate, helping radiologists pinpoint its location in real time for intensive treatment. Thus, the targeted "GPS" helps reduce damage to surrounding tissue.

Cryosurgery—Using ultrasound technology to guide needles into the prostate, this prostate cancer treatment delivers extremely cold gases that kill the prostate cancer cells.

Clinical Trials—NCH participates in a variety of clinical trials to give our patients access to the very latest treatments for prostate cancer treatment from across the country.

If you are having surgery, visit the Patient section for all the pre-op information you need.

Make sure you're getting the best possible prostate care. Find a physician now or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free physician referral.

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Last Updated 08/07/09