Prostate Cancer: Ray's Story

Watch Ray talk about his experience receiving CyberKnife treatment for his prostate cancer at Reno CyberKnife. For more information on how prostate cancer is treated by CyberKnife technology, please visit RenoCyberKnife.com today.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Vernon’s Story

Vernon Traxler suffered from painful trigeminal neuralgia for over 16 years before he found relief with CyberKnife. Watch Vernon explain what those years felt like and how he feels now after being treated by CyberKnife.

Reno CyberKnife Earns Reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology

Reno CyberKnife recently completed and passed their reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The center is now reaccredited for the next three years. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Sexual Function

When deciding which treatment option is best for their prostate cancer, men take numerous factors into consideration.  While their physician’s recommendation does play an important role in the treatment decision, in the end, most men make the choice that is best for them.  That choice is often based on treatment outcomes and side effects, and

Screening and Treating Prostate Cancer

One in nine. That is how many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and almost 1,200 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Nevada this year. There are several risk factors associated with

Treating Prostate Cancer with CyberKnife Technology:  Ray’s Story

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men and about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Ray Sousa was the one in nine. The 62-year-old Oroville, California resident was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2018. Starting around October

Rediscovering the Inner You

Some cancer patients experience physical and emotional changes during and after treatment that may affect their desire and ability to have sex.  Make plans to join Leah Millheiser, MD, FACOG, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University School of Medicine and hear Leah discuss how sexual health changes after cancer treatment.  This educational

Empower Your Journey

Our hospital partner, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, is offering a program to the cancer patients in our community.  Their Center for Cancer’s “Empower Your Journey” is a four-part program that helps individuals regain their physical, emotional and spiritual health in a supportive and collaborative environment.  Sessions are free and open to cancer patients at

Studies Show CyberKnife Provides Excellent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates in Five or Fewer Sessions

Accuray Incorporated, developer and manufacturer of the CyberKnife® System, announced that published data from two multicenter studies using differing protocols provide consistent results and reinforce the use of the CyberKnife system for the effective management of low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.  The studies are the largest conducted to date evaluating stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in

Vets & Prostate Cancer Radio Spot

Check out our latest radio spot, running on KRLT 93.9 FM and KOWL 1490 AM, that discusses the stats of veterans and prostate cancer, treating prostate cancer with CyberKnife technology, and promotes the free “Veterans & Prostate Cancer: What You to Know” educational community event.

Veterans & Prostate Cancer

Check out this flyer and learn about the risks of prostate cancer for men, especially veterans.  To find out more, please join us on Thursday, August 30th for a free community event, “Veterans & Prostate Cancer:  What You Need to Know,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Mary’s Regional Medical

"Veterans & Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know" Community Event

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 10,000 veterans are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.  If you are a veteran, it is important to get your annual PSA screening, which can catch prostate cancer early, and if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to know all your treatment options.  Annual PSA

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain

Dr. Heuser's CyberKnife Story

Watch general surgeon, Dr. Louis Heuser, talk about why he chose CyberKnife for the treatment of his prostate cancer. Dr. Heuser was very happy with the quick treatments and the fact that he was able to stay close to home and continue to work and see his patients. It’s Your Prostate, Your Cancer, Your Choice.

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Study Finds SBRT Better than Surgery in Post-Treatment Lung Cancer Survival

In a recent new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with non-small cell lung cancer who underwent stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) had a better post-treatment survival rate than those who received surgery. The gold standard for the treatment

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Reno Cyberknife Names Hilari Fleming, M.D., Ph.D. Director Of Brain Clinic

Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, announced today that one of their radiation therapy centers, Reno CyberKnife, has named Hilari L. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D. as the new director of the center’s brain clinic. Dr. Fleming is a neurosurgeon that specializes in pituitary tumors, brain tumors,

Nonsurgical Prostate Cancer Treatment Available for Veterans at Reno Cyberknife

Physicians aim to inform Veterans about access to treatment options outside of VA Health Facilities through VA Choice Program In recognition of Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, Reno CyberKnife announced its participation in the VA Choice Program, which offers U.S. military veterans access to evidence-based prostate cancer treatment options outside of Veterans Health Administration facilities. Each

A Clue to Where Cancer Metastases Are Born

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered why some cancers may reoccur after years in remission. The findings, published recently in the journal Cell Reports, show that invasive tumors can begin sending out tumor cells far earlier than previously thought.  These escaping cells, which can enter the bloodstream before the primary tumor is

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and June 4th is National Cancer Survivors Day®. National Cancer Survivors Day is a day to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. As part of the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the

American Urological Association, American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Urologic Oncology Release Joint Prostate Cancer Guidelines

Last week, the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) released collaborative clinical guidelines for managing localized prostate cancer which offers a framework for shared decision-making between physicians and patients.  Through this collaboration, the committee provided guidance on active surveillance and on which treatments

Ron Huber's Story

Ron Huber was at a routine checkup when his primary doctor pointed out he was experiencing the telltale signs of prostate cancer. After a few lab tests, Huber’s doctors discovered he had elevated Prostate-Specific Antigens. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2016. Staying positive, Huber began to perform extensive research on all of

Jaime Shuff, M.D. Speaks at the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Conference

Jaime Shuff, M.D., radiation oncologist at Reno CyberKnife, recently spoke at the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians winter conference. Dr. Shuff, who spoke on the third day of the conference, lectured on Cyberknife Treatment Options for Recurring & Metastatic Cancer and her presentation included reviewing the latest cancer treatment options and the use of the

Scientists Find New Gene Tool for Predicting Course of Prostate Cancer

A recent research paper in Oncotarget, a weekly peer-reviewed open access medical journal covering research on all aspects of oncology, reported that researchers from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have discovered a possible new tool for predicting whether prostate cancer will reoccur following surgery based on the expression patterns of

Lattie's Story

  Lattie’s Story Watch Lattie Evans, Staff Sergeant, United States Army (Retired), talk about his experience receiving CyberKnife treatment for his prostate cancer at Reno CyberKnife. Lattie loved that there were no side effects after treatment and that he could hit the gym and work out like normal.

Reno CyberKnife Accredited by the American College of Radiology

Reno CyberKnife, a service of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, is proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology

Screening Strategy May Predict Lethal Prostate Cancer Later in Life

A recent study found that mid-life prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels predict who will be more likely to develop lethal prostate cancer.  Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that measuring PSA levels in younger men (between the ages of 40 and 59) could accurately predict future

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure

According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, a five-year study shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches.  The study, the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer, found a 98.6 percent

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

Moms on the Run

On Sunday, May 8, several women from Reno CyberKnife and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center spent Mother’s Day participating in the Moms on the Run 5/10K.  The 16th annual race was held at the Reno High School Foster Field in Reno, Nevada and raised money to assist local patients during their cancer treatment.   Moms

Brain Tumors

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or

Prostate Cancer Treated More Aggressively in the City

According to a recent study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, urban men with localized prostate cancer may be more likely to get surgery or radiation than their rural peers.  Men had 23 percent higher odds of getting these aggressive treatments when they lived in densely populated U.S. counties than if they

Reno CyberKnife Upgrades Their CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System

As part of their commitment to ensure patients are treated with the most advanced technology available, Reno CyberKnife recently upgraded their CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.  The CyberKnife System was upgraded from the 8.5 version to the 10.5 version, with extra features added including the Lung Optimized Treatment (LOT) function, the IRIS II, MultiPlan V5.5 TPS,

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife Technology

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with CyberKnife T According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.  It is also one of the few cancers

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives

A study recently published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the official journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, found that false-positive findings for CT-based screening for lung cancer were uncommon.  The results of the study is good news because even though CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the

Patient Education: Cancer Recurrence Common Terms and What They Mean

Once treatment is completed, many cancer survivors find they have still have issues and concerns that they did not expect.  The one people fear the most is the news that the cancer has come back.  Patients coping with a second cancer diagnosis may hear unfamiliar medical terms related to their disease and its treatment.  We’ve

Dr. Shuff’s interview with KOLO TV

&rel=0 Jaime Shuff, M.D., Radiation Oncologist with Reno CyberKnife, talks with KOLO TV about recurring and metastatic cancer, how they are treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, and what the benefits are for patients using CyberKnife.  For more information on CyberKnife, or any of the treatment options at Reno CyberKnife, please visit www.RenoCyberKnife.com.

CyberKnife® Treatment Helps Metastatic Melanoma Patient

As the most common of all cancers, skin cancer is a disease that has touched the lives of many.  Although melanoma accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases in the U.S., it is the most dangerous form of the disease and accounts for a large majority of skin cancer deaths, according to

When Cancer Comes Back

My cancer came back.  Four words that no one ever wants to say, or hear a loved one say.   They fought the battle once and now their cancer is back and in a new location in their body.  Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from the place where it first started, to

Reno CyberKnife Proudly Supports the Radiosurgical Research Institute

The Radiosurgical Research Institute (RRI), a 501c3 public charity, is the only independent medical research organization committed to improving the outcomes of cancer patients treated with radiosurgery.  Its mission is to advance radiosurgery as a cancer treatment through innovation, education, and quality research in collaboration with treatment centers around the world.   Before RRI, radiosurgical

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Supports SBRT for Prostate Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently updated their patient guide that supports stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care for patients with cancer.   NCCN aims

Prostate Cancer: Common Considerations When Choosing a Treatment

When diagnosed with prostate cancer, your doctor will suggest treatment options that may include one or a combination of treatments. Common prostate cancer treatment methods include active surveillance, surgery, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). When assessing your options and deciding on a treatment, it’s important to consider the various

Men’s Health Week: Questions to Ask Your Urologist

If your doctor suspects you may have prostate cancer, screening or additional tests performed by a urologist may be recommended to confirm a diagnosis. If the disease is detected, patients are encouraged to educate themselves on all of the treatment options available for their specific case. Seeking a second opinion from a radiation oncologist, conducting research

Study: Cancer Patients Prefer Care Involving Shared Decision Making

A recent study evaluating whether shared decision-making is associated with patient ratings for quality of care and physician communication shows the importance of patient input and participation in the treatment decision process. Researchers collected data on more than 5,300 patients with lung cancer or colon cancer and asked patients to report their role in nearly 11,000

Men’s Health Month: Understanding Prostate Cancer

June is Men’s Health Month, and an important time to understand and raise awareness for the main health problems that commonly affect men. One such health issue is prostate cancer, which develops in a man’s prostate gland. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in men. In 2015, the American Cancer Society estimates

New Study: Smoking Worsens Prognosis in Prostate Cancer Patients

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York recently published results from a study that explored the impact of smoking history on prostate cancer treatment and progression. The findings indicated that smoking causes prostate cancer patients to fare worse than their non-smoking counterparts. The clinical study, published in the journal BJU International, analyzed

Benefits of CyberKnife: Maintaining Quality of Life During Cancer Treatment

Whether it’s you or a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, making a treatment decision can be an overwhelming experience. While eradicating or controlling the disease is commonly a top consideration when choosing a treatment method, other factors such as maintaining quality of life during and after treatment may also be a concern for some

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Benign vs. Malignant Brain Tumors

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Community organizations and support groups honor this time with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors that are classified as either

Reno CyberKnife Hospital Partner Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Designation

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has certified Reno CyberKnife’s hospital partner, Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer, as a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center. The ACR’s Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is awarded to facilities that have demonstrated a commitment to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for developing lung

Patient Perspectives: ‘How Will the Treatment Affect my Daily Routine?’

While a key consideration many patients have when assessing their treatment options is how effective the treatment has proven to be, patients also consider how a treatment will affect their lifestyle. For patients considering stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife®, the treatment has minimal impact on a patient’s daily routine

National Cancer Control Month: Monitoring for Metastatic Cancer

April is National Cancer Control Month, a period focused on dedicating attention to our health and the health of our loved ones. For many cancer survivors and current cancer patients, monitoring for symptoms of metastatic cancer is an important part of detecting advanced disease as early as possible. Read below for a few signs and

Families and Caregivers: Tips for Providing Support

A cancer diagnosis affects not only the person battling the disease, but also their friends and family. Providing support for a loved one or taking on the role of a caregiver for someone diagnosed with cancer can be an emotional and challenging time. While it’s important to educate yourself on how to care for someone

Common Patient Questions: ‘Is the Treatment Effective for my Cancer?’

The top consideration and question many patients have when assessing their treatment options is ‘how effective is the treatment?’. Patients should research the treatment options presented to them to understand what clinical studies say about the treatment and how the treatment can best fit into their current lifestyle. For patients considering stereotactic radiosurgery or stereotactic

Patient Resources: A Quick Guide to Common Cancer Terms

At Reno CyberKnife, we work to provide resources and educational information to our patients to help them navigate their cancer diagnosis and treatment with as little stress as possible. Patients coping with a cancer diagnosis may hear unfamiliar medical terms related to their disease and its treatment. We have spotlighted three common cancer treatment terms

Metastatic Cancer and CyberKnife: A Treatment Option When Cancer Spreads

For patients facing a metastatic cancer diagnosis, it’s important to research and understand the treatment options available to you. CyberKnife® is one tool available for treating metastatic cancer. Reno CyberKnife’s team of multidisciplinary physicians and clinical staff have used CyberKnife to treat more than 1,000 patients, many of whom had metastatic cancer. As a resource

National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Victor's Story

March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, and Reno CyberKnife would like to take time this month to share a testimonial from one of our former patients who faced a kidney cancer diagnosis. Former patient Victor R. traveled from Hawaii to Reno for kidney cancer treatment. He refused surgery for his cancer and became interested

Study Shows SBRT Effectiveness for Early-Stage Lung Cancer

In a study released in late 2014, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic presented data from a decade-long study that followed long-term toxicity results in patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for medically inoperable, early-stage lung cancer. Over this ten-year period, 300 patients and a total of 340 lesions were treated with SBRT. The

When Cancer Comes Back: CyberKnife Capabilities for Recurrent Tumors

If you or a loved one is facing a cancer recurrence, it’s normal to feel shock and distress. When a patient’s cancer comes back, it’s important to understand that a recurrence does not mean the first treatment was wrong or didn’t work, and it doesn’t mean you did anything wrong following treatment. The American Cancer

A Closer Look at Cancer Screening Benefits

At Reno CyberKnife, we know that catching cancer early is an important aspect of successful treatment and recovery. If you have a family history, lifestyle or other factors that indicate you may be at greater risk for cancer, it’s important to take early detection seriously. Our staff aims to promote education around early detection and

February 4 is World Cancer Day

With a goal of raising awareness of cancer, prevention methods and treatment options, February 4 is recognized annually as World Cancer Day. Health organizations and cancer societies around the globe honor this day through community events and localized initiatives aimed at mobilizing support and raising funds for the fight against cancer. If you or a

American Cancer Society 2015 Outlook: Nevada Cancer Statistics

The American Cancer Society has released its annual report highlighting projections and forecasts in the cancer industry regarding estimated numbers of new cases and deaths, cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and other educational information on symptoms, risks, early detection methods and treatment options. In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases

Reno CyberKnife's Multidisciplinary Approach: Role of the Surgeon

When developing treatment plans for patients, the physicians at Reno CyberKnife use a multispecialty approach. Experts from various fields, including radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgery, collaborate and participate in the process of creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient.  Using this collaborative care approach, patients benefit by receiving multiple physician reviews of their

Recurrent Cancer: Steps to Take When Cancer Comes Back

When cancer comes back, patients may feel many of the same emotions they experienced during their first diagnosis. Although facing a cancer recurrence can be overwhelming, it’s important to focus on gaining a thorough understanding of your disease and treatment options.  An important first step following a diagnosis is conducting research and educating yourself on

Patient Testimonial: CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer

At Reno CyberKnife, we believe one of the best ways to learn about CyberKnife® treatment is hearing from patients who have experienced the treatment process themselves.  After researching other treatment options, former patient Jon N. turned to CyberKnife for his prostate cancer treatment due to the many benefits CyberKnife offers patients who seek a low impact

A Kidney Cancer Patient Success Story

When Jan C. was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer, she looked to CyberKnife® for a noninvasive option. In the video below, Jan shares her success story with the powerful cancer-fighting technology that was crucial to her recovery. This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent Cancer

A recurrence occurs when cancer comes back in the same area after being previously treated. This can happen when the first treatment fails to completely remove or destroy all of the cancer cells. When evaluating treatment options, your doctor will consider the type, location and size of the recurrent cancer, as well as your overall

Cancer-Related Fatigue Awareness Month: How CyberKnife Can Help

December is designated as Cancer-Related Fatigue Awareness Month, a time to draw attention to a common side effect of cancer and treatment. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, cancer-related fatigue is a persistent feeling of physical, emotional, or mental tiredness caused by cancer and/or its treatment. Unlike normal fatigue, the feeling may not

Reno CyberKnife Radiation Oncologist Named Among Nevada's Top Doctors

Reno CyberKnife is excited to announce that three of our outstanding radiation oncologists have made Nevada Business Magazine’€™s 2014 Medical Marvels list.  Drs. Jonathan Tay, Katie Legarza and Jamie Shuff were all listed among 100 of Nevada’€™s best physicians in November’s Medical Marvels feature.  The magazine asked Nevadans to vote for the best doctors and

Prostate Cancer: A Patient Testimonial

At Reno CyberKnife, we know patients considering CyberKnife treatment like to hear from others who have undergone the procedure. To view a testimonial from former prostate cancer patient, John N., and learn more about CyberKnife treatment, view the video below:

Lung Cancer Awareness: Pairing Treatments for Optimal Outcomes

November is recognized annually as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and funds for lung cancer research. At Reno CyberKnife, our center recognizes this campaign by focusing on increasing understanding of how lung cancer treatment has evolved. As cancer care evolves, doctors are prescribing different treatment methods in tandem to reduce

Top 5 Benefits of CyberKnife

Reno CyberKnife offers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy, which is used to treat various types of malignant and benign tumors. The treatment is delivered with advanced CyberKnife technology, which treats tumors with precisely focused high-dose radiation while compensating and correcting for movement. Treatment with CyberKnife offers many benefits for

Metastatic Breast Cancer: One Patient's Story of Hope and Survival

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1,800 Nevada women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Further, the advanced form of the disease known as metastatic breast cancer will occur in 20 to 30 percent of those initially diagnosed with early-stage disease, according to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. Debbie Black, a

Liver Cancer Awareness Month: A Look at Metastatic Liver Cancer Treatment

The liver is among the most vital organs in the body, and receiving a liver cancer diagnosis can be frightening and confusing. October is National Liver Cancer Awareness Month, a time for patients, their loved ones and advocates to bring attention to the disease. Many patients with liver cancer typically don’t show symptoms until the

Reno CyberKnife Recognizes Six Years of Advancing Cancer Care in Northern Nevada

Reno CyberKnife physicians and staff continue to improve patient care and contribute innovative research on the applications of stereotactic body radiation therapy. This month marks six years of operations for our center, and we remain the only CyberKnife treatment provider in Northern Nevada. We celebrated a number of milestones this year including: Treatment of our

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: A Focus on CyberKnife Treatment

October 7 is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a time to highlight this debilitating condition and encourage those who experience symptoms to seek an expert opinion, as many cases of TN are frequently misdiagnosed. Sometimes described as the most excruciating pain a person can experience, trigeminal neuralgia is a debilitating facial nerve disorder. It can

Tips for Offering Support to Prostate Cancer Patients During Treatment

Experiencing the cancer diagnosis of a friend or family member can be a confusing and emotional experience. If a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the first steps is understanding how you can offer support as well as how you can receive support for yourself. Here are some tips: Don’t allow

Patient Guide: Learn About the CyberKnife Treatment Process

For patients considering CyberKnife® treatment, it’s important to understand what to expect during the treatment process. The presentation below provides an overview of CyberKnife and what to expect before, during and after the treatment. If you have questions or want to learn more about CyberKnife treatment, contact us. This is not intended as medical advice to

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Treatment Options

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and support for the fight against the disease. Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have several options and resources available to them to learn more about the disease and the best way to treat their

20th Anniversary of CyberKnife: Key Milestones in Cancer Treatment

Reno CyberKnife is proud to commemorate the 20th anniversary of CyberKnife® technology this year. Developed in 1994 at Stanford by Dr. John Adler, the concept was conceived with the goal of treating tumors throughout the body with radiosurgery, a treatment that at the time was restricted to head and neck tumors. Key milestones: The prototype

Wellpoint Anthem Updates Policy to Include Coverage of SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the second largest commercial payer in the United States, recently announced that it has updated its SRS/SBRT policy to cover treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT, is a powerful, noninvasive treatment approach that targets radiation beams to match the size and shape of

New Prostate Cancer Treatment Guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Earlier this year, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCC) updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® to include stereotactic body radiation as a treatment option for prostate cancer. NCCN is comprised of 23 of the worlds leading cancer organizations. Every year, nearly 950 clinical professionals and researchers from the NCCN member institutions work together to

Understanding the CyberKnife Treatment Process for Prostate Cancer

For prostate cancer patients considering CyberKnife® treatment, it’s important to fully understand the treatment process. The presentation below will walk you through the entire process from the initial consultation to the actual procedure to help you determine if prostate cancer treatment with CyberKnife is right for you. This is not intended as medical advice to

Early Detection Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is typically a slow growing disease and often doesn’t cause symptoms until it has reached a more advanced stage and begins to cause larger health problems. For that reason, health professionals urge men over 50 to take early detection seriously and consider screenings for the disease. While screening is crucial for cancer detection,

Treatment Guidelines Update: SBRT for Prostate Cancer

Earlier this year, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® released its 2014 Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® which now includes stereotactic body radiation therapy as a treatment option for prostate cancer. Developed and updated annually by nearly 950 clinical professionals, the guidelines help individuals involved in cancer care, including physicians, nurses, patients and their families, with

Patient Support: Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a leading voice in working to channel resources to the world’s top scientific minds in the fight against prostate cancer. The foundation encourages collaboration among experts to expedite prostate cancer breakthroughs. More than 2,000 programs at more than 200 research centers in 18 countries provide funding for the PCF’s

Benefits of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Metastatic Brain Tumors

Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle released data that indicated a potential for improved survival rates for patients with brain metastases who receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The study, which compared SRS to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in 413 patients who were diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer and with fewer than four brain

Research Update: The Latest Brain Tumor Research Studies

Two separate research studies provided significant findings related to the benefit of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain tumor treatment. Findings from the studies conducted separately by the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and researchers at the University of North Carolina, were released in 2013. Research contained in the first study, announced by the American

FAQ: How Does CyberKnife Track My Tumor?

One of the most common questions we hear during a patient’s first visit to our center is “How is the CyberKnife® so accurate?” The CyberKnife continually monitors the location of your tumor during treatment. Its advanced imaging and tracking system constantly updates the tumor location throughout the treatment session. The technology is highly accurate because

FAQ: How Does CyberKnife Track My Tumor?

Reno CyberKnife Recognizes National Cancer Survivor’s Day June 1 is recognized as National Cancer Survivor’s Day, a time focused on celebrating cancer survivors, family members, friends and medical professionals. Sponsored by the non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, this year marks the 27th anniversary of the observation. It is estimated that thousands of people worldwide held

Cancer Research: SRS Clinical Study for Brain Metastases

A study presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) revealed data indicating potential for improved survival rates for patients with brain metastases after receiving stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The study compared SRS to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in 413 patients who were diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer and

Treatment Overview: How CyberKnife Technology Treats Brain Tumors

CyberKnife® technology delivers pinpoint high-dose radiation to tumors in five or fewer outpatient procedures. During treatment, you will lay on a treatment table while the CyberKnife’s robotic arm moves around you delivering very focused radiation to your tumor without ever touching you. The cumulative dose of radiation kills tumor cells while minimizing exposure to the

Patient Resources: American Brain Tumor Association

May is recognized annually as National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to focus on raising awareness of brain tumors, increasing funding for research and educating the public on symptoms and treatment options. There are several online resources available focused on providing support to patients with brain tumors or their loved ones. The American Brain

SRS Clinical Cancer Research Study for Brain Metastases

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently presented data from a study that may have determined a therapeutic advantage of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) over whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in patients diagnosed with brain metastases. The observational study presented at ASTRO’s 2013 annual meeting compared SRS to WBRT in 413 patients who were diagnosed with

How Does CyberKnife Treat Brain Tumors?

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal and can be cancerous or benign. Reno CyberKnife uses CyberKnife® technology to treat brain tumors with a specialized type of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). While the name may make some think of knives and scalpels, CyberKnife

Influential Brain Tumor Bloggers

Facing a brain tumor diagnosis can be a frightening time, but connecting with other patients who have experienced the disease firsthand can often be a valuable resource. Below are a few influential bloggers who have used their blog as a platform to voice their insight and support for brain tumor patients and their families. The

Report Links More Diseases, Health Problems with Tobacco Use

Need even more reasons to kick the smoking habit? A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General shows even more harmful effects associated with cigarette smoking than previously thought. In addition to liver and colorectal cancer, cigarette smoke is a cause of Type 2 diabetes, age-related muscular degeneration,

Local Reno Residents Participate in Our Community Education Event

Meet our CyberKnife Physicians: Drs. Legarza, Tay and Shuff At Reno CyberKnife, we take great pride in our dedicated physicians and staff. Co-Medical Directors Dr. Jonathan Tay and Dr. Katie Legarza, and radiation oncologist Dr. Jaime Shuff, share their treatment philosophy, medical backgrounds and areas of special interest with us. Click here to learn more

Meet our CyberKnife Physicians: Drs. Legarza, Tay and Shuff

National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. Kidney cancer is also known as renal cancer and is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. In regards to kidney cancer statistics, the American Cancer Society states that “for reasons that are not totally clear, the rate

Are You Eating the Correct Food to Help Prevent Cancer?

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research conducted studies on diet, physical activity and weight control, which showed that including foods of plant origin, such as broccoli, berries, and garlic into your diet can help in cancer prevention. Garlic – Garlic helps fight against bacteria, including H. pylori, and reduces

What You Need to Know About The CyberKnife Treatment Room

Our center goes through several measures to ensure the treatment experience is safe for not only the patient, but for all those involved. One of the most important aspects of patient safety is our treatment room. As you receive treatment, there are several ways the treatment room provides a safe environment for you while also

Healthy Resolutions: Tips to Get Fit

A research study published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology cited that losing weight often ranks among the top ten New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those surveyed achieve their annual goals. Here are a few tips to make sure you maintain your fitness goals the entire year: Start slow. Start with only

Tools to Help You Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking can be difficult but it’s never too late to start making the transition to a healthier lifestyle. Use these helpful tools and resources to take the first step. Talk to your doctor about nicotine-release products. Nicotine products such as patches or gums can greatly improve efforts to quit smoking when applied correctly. Be

Blog for a Cure: Influential Lung Cancer Blogs

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. For diagnosed lung cancer patients and families seeking insight and support, connecting with other patients and their loved ones can often be a valuable resource. Below are a few influential bloggers who have used their blog to become a voice for the

Patient Resources: Questions to Ask Your Doc

Asking questions and reviewing your medical history with a doctor can help you make informed decisions and helps your doctor administer the quality of care you need. Reno CyberKnife encourages our patients to prepare a list of questions before their consultation. Here are a few sample questions you may want to ask your doctor: What

Words From Our Patients: Testimonial Highlight

The best insight on the benefits of CyberKnife® treatment often comes from patients who have undergone the procedure. Our former patient, Joel R. was treated at our center for trigeminal neuralgia, a rare and debilitating nerve disorder characterized by excruciating facial pain. Read about his treatment experience below. “Before receiving treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, I

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness for the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 1,970 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Nevada this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Get Support: Reno

Liver Cancer Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Options

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and for those who have been diagnosed or have loved ones facing a diagnosis, it’s important to understand the disease and gather information on treatment options. Characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, anemia, and weight loss, most primary malignant liver cancers are classified as hepatocellular carcinoma, or hepatomas. Treatment

Reno CyberKnife Celebrates Five Years at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Each year our physicians and staff continue to improve patient care and contribute innovative research on applications of stereotactic body radiation therapy. We celebrated a number of milestones this year including: The endorsement of SBRT as a primary option for prostate cancer treatment by the American Society of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Katie Legarza was named

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is

Get Active: Supporting the Prostate Cancer Community

From support groups to events, prostate cancer patients and their families have numerous opportunities to support the cancer community locally and nationally. Here’s how you can support prostate cancer awareness and research efforts locally: Attend a local event: National organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Us Too give patients and their families networks for

Prostate Cancer Staging

Prostate cancer is staged using the TNM system, established by the American Joint Committee on Cancer. The system uses five factors to stage prostate cancer: 1. The size of the tumor or “T” 2. The presence of cancer in nearby lymph nodes or “N” 3. Whether the cancer has metastasized “M” 4. The PSA level

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This week marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for research and educating men on how to maintain their prostate health. Here’s how you and your loved ones can participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Be informed. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American

Blog for a Cure: Influential Prostate Cancer Blogs

For diagnosed prostate cancer patients and families seeking information, the most powerful insights can come from those who have experienced the disease firsthand. Connecting with other patients or their families can provide a community for emotional support and a comfortable space to seek advice. Check out the blogs below for some of the most influential

From the Doc: Benefits of CyberKnife for Prostate Cancer Patients

Find out how stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with CyberKnife® can benefit prostate cancer patients. Below are some advantages from our medical director Dr. Jonathan Tay. What sets CyberKnife apart from other treatment options?CyberKnife offers patients a noninvasive treatment option that doesn’t impede on their lifestyle. CyberKnife can treat prostate cancer patients in five or

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Once prostate cancer has been diagnosed, the right treatment option can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Not only is the stage and grade of the tumor important, but also the age, health and lifestyle of the patient. Below is a basic overview of prostate cancer treatment options. Consult your doctor and physicians

Get to Know: Medical Physicist David Chamberlain

Our medical physicist David Chamberlain has more than 15 years of experience in medical physics and works closely with members of the CyberKnife® clinical team to support treatment planning and other aspects of the treatment process. Read more about his experiences at Reno CyberKnife: What inspired you to become a medical physicist?  I always wanted

Celebrate Men's Health Month in June

June is Men’s Health Month! This time is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems men may encounter through health education, fundraising and advocacy efforts promoting early detection and treatment of disease. Here’s how you can get involved: Wear blue. The Men’s Health Network created the initiative to support men’s health efforts. Learn more

Spotlight On: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition. TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder usually

Reno CyberKnife Offers Multidisciplinary Approach to Brain Tumor Treatment

In recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Reno CyberKnife announces the treatment of more than 300 brain tumor patients since opening in 2008 as a service of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The center joins the efforts of community organizations and support groups to raise awareness of brain tumors and educate the public on symptoms

Hospital Partner Spotlight: Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center provides a range of services to the northern Nevada region, including a full-service heart and vascular institute, women’s and children’s services, hospice and palliative care and a multi-specialty medical group. Saint Mary’s strives to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare in a compassionate and cost-effective manner. Saint Mary’s is home to the

Spotlight On: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid

Profiles in CyberKnife Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

At Reno CyberKnife, medical physicists play a key role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of our CyberKnife® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed by

Reno CyberKnife Names Dr. Katie Legarza Co-Medical Director

Dr. Katie Legarza has been named Co-Medical Director of Reno CyberKnife, joining Dr. Jonathan Tay, who has served as the center’s Medical Director since 2008. Dr. Legarza and Dr. Tay will now serve as Co-Medical Directors of Reno CyberKnife, leading the center’s team of experienced cancer care specialists. Dr. Legarza is a board-certified radiation oncologist

Reno CyberKnife Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety, will be recognized March 3-9. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads the nationwide effort seeking to promote collaboration among all aspects of patient care. The theme, “Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care,”

Get to Know: Reno CyberKnife Co-Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Tay

Dr. Jonathan Tay, co-medical director of Reno CyberKnife, is widely known for his contributions to advancing prostate cancer therapies. Dr. Tay was named one of Nevada Business Magazine’s 2010 “Health Care Heroes” for his contributions to the medical field. Learn more about his experience since joining Reno CyberKnife. What first drew you to radiation oncology?Radiation

Spotlight On: CyberKnife for Lung Cancer Treatment

Reno CyberKnife has treated more than 200 lung cancer cases since opening in 2008. This accounts for more than a quarter of the center’s patients. Reno CyberKnife has drawn patients from as far as Alaska seeking a noninvasive alternative to traditional lung cancer treatment. As one of the most common cancer diagnoses, evolving treatment options

Spotlight on: Brain Tumors

According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery is an advanced treatment option for brain tumors, providing an important nonsurgical alternative for patients. Below is a brief overview of brain tumors, incidence rates and treatment options. The information provided

Spotlight On: The CyberKnife Treatment Process

In the fight against cancer, CyberKnife® provides an important alternative for patients seeking a nonsurgical option with shorter treatment times, fewer side effects and a more rapid recovery. Our center uses a team approach to patient care in which physicians and other team members collaborate to develop a customized CyberKnife treatment plan to best suit

Reno CyberKnife Hospital Partner Profiled in Local Daily Paper

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center CEO Helen Lidholm was featured in the business section of the Reno Gazette-Journal for her role in the hospital’s recent improvements. The hospital was highlighted for its plans to expand community partnerships and staff training programs. Reno CyberKnife is honored to be partnered with a hospital so committed to compassionate

Lung Cancer Awareness Important for Prevention, Early Detection

As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition of National Lung

Breast Cancer Awareness: Treatment Options When Breast Cancer Spreads

As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. The American Cancer Society estimates 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer is likely

Prostate Cancer Treatment Advancements Improve Survivorship

One in nine men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime, totaling to 174,650 new cases this year as estimated by the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, advancements in cancer treatment have allowed nearly 3 million men to count themselves as survivors of the pervasive disease. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and

Reno CyberKnife Shares Men's Health Awareness Tips

June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. One of the common health threats to men is prostate cancer. In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimates about 241,740 new diagnoses of prostate cancer.

Reno CyberKnife focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of

Reno CyberKnife Highlights Healthy Living for National Cancer Control Month

In support of April as Cancer Control Month, Reno CyberKnife is encouraging local residents to use a proactive approach to a healthy lifestyle. Cancer Control Month highlights the progress in fighting cancer and increases awareness of who is at risk. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month seek to encourage healthy lifestyles, promote cancer screening, increase

SBRT Offers Prostate Cancer Patients High Cancer Control and Low Toxicity in Fewer Treatments

According to research presented at the recent 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high dose stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for men newly-diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer results in shorter treatment times, low severe toxicity, and excellent cancer control rates. Although prostate tumors generally respond well to radiation therapy