Zeroing In on Prostate Cancer
Two recent additions to the cancer-fighting arsenal of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic at Rush — TomoTherapy and the da Vinci Surgical System — are making it possible for doctors to treat prostate cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects than more invasive procedures.
TomoTherapy uses computed tomography (CT) to scan for the exact location of a tumor. Because of this remarkable accuracy, it is possible to direct a higher dose of radiation at a tumor with a lower risk of affecting surrounding tissues and organs.
Also helping surgeons achieve incredible surgical precision is the same high-definition (HD) technology that enhances your TV viewing experience.
Rush was the first hospital in Chicago to install an HD version of the da Vinci Surgical System, which integrates three-dimensional HD laparoscopy and state-of-the-art robotic technology to virtually extend the surgeon’s eyes and hands into the surgical field.
While traditional surgery to remove the prostate gland requires an eight- to 10-inch incision, da Vinci prostatectomy involves five, one-centimeter incisions. And the precision and 360-degree rotation of the microinstruments help surgeons avoid vital nerves, reducing the common side effects of many prostate treatments: incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
“The patient’s recovery is like night and day compared to traditional open surgery, ” says Kalyan Latchamsetty, MD, co-director of the clinic. “Along with TomoTherapy, da Vinci represents a quantum leap in our ability to treat prostate cancer. ”
To see the da Vinci robot and find out more about prostate health, join us October 16 for a free community wellness event. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to register.
Prostate Cancer Care at Rush
To help men make the choices that are best for them, Rush provides all of the latest and most innovative treatment options, including a full range of surgical procedures, brachytherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapies and chemotherapy.
For more information visit the Prostate Cancer home page.
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