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Treatment and Therapies

Bringing the latest treatments and therapies for prostate cancer to our community

The Northwest Community Hospital commitment to utilizing advanced medical technology and the latest treatments for prostate cancer provides you with safer and more effective prostate care. Each new breakthrough results in greater precision, less pain, quicker recovery and a lower risk of side effects during prostate cancer treatment.

Advanced treatments for non-cancerous and enlarged prostates:

  • Medication
  • Stents
  • Laser treatments
  • Traditional and less invasive forms of surgery

Advanced treatments for prostate cancer

  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System—The gold standard for minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery. This breakthrough technology allows a surgeon to view 3-D images of the surgical field while sitting at a computer console. Hand, wrists and finger movements are translated into precise robotic arm movements. This gives surgeons greater precision and the patient less pain, fewer side effects and a shorter hospital stay after prostate cancer surgery. We are one of the few hospitals in the area to offer this new technology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 04/10/2009