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    A Look at the Most Common Cancers In the United States

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Unfortunately, cancer is not uncommon in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 data, cancers of all kinds were a leading cause of death in America—second only to cardiovascular disease. Below is a brief guide to the most common cancers affecting American adults and their associated risk factors.

    Prostate Cancer

    Cancer of the prostate gland is the most common cancer in men living in the United States. It is most often diagnosed in men over the age of 65, with risk generally increasing with age. African-Americans and those who are obese also tend to have a greater risk of prostate cancer. Obesity may also be linked to more aggressive disease.

    Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting American women. It is estimated that one in every eight women will suffer from this disease at some point in her lifetime. Risk factors associated with breast cancer include advanced age, family history, and inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

    Lung Cancer

    Although lung cancer may take second place to prostate and breast cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer, it is unfortunately the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Smoking cigarettes is by far the most common cause of lung cancer, with up to 90 percent of lung cancer suffers being smokers. Exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon gas, and air pollution are also implicated in some lung cancers.

    Although some cancer risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—cannot be modified, there are many other factors that can be improved through a healthy lifestyle. You can learn more about preventing cancer and staying well by subscribing to the South Florida Radiation Oncology blog or contacting our cancer care experts at (888) 823-9162. Our cancer treatment centers are located throughout South Florida to improve access to advanced, compassionate cancer care in our communities. 

    Understanding Your Lung Cancer Treatment Options

    Last updated 3 months ago

    As one of the most serious forms of cancer, lung cancer requires advanced, personalized treatment. South Florida Radiation Oncology offers the most technologically advanced lung cancer treatments to help patients heal faster and continue on with their active lives. Below are the three most common radiation treatments used to help patients fight lung cancer.

    CyberKnife

    Known as stereotactic radiosurgery, the CyberKnife system offers lung cancer patients many benefits. It is completely non-invasive, requiring no incisions, stitches, or surgery. Unlike the traditional forms of radiation therapy, the CyberKnife can accurately and precisely target the cancerous tumor to administer maximal radiation to the diseased tissue. This approach dramatically reduces damage to the delicate healthy lung tissue surrounding the tumor. CyberKnife therapy is performed in five or fewer visits on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return to their daily activities almost immediately.

    TrueBeam STx

    When targeting a lung tumor for radiation treatment, compensating for the natural movements of breathing can be challenging. The active imaging and computational systems that are standard in the TrueBeam STx are unfazed by this challenge, actively compensating for movement and altering the radiation treatment as necessary. It can provide treatment from nearly every angle and assist physicians in providing a unique, personalized treatment plan for each patient.

    High Dose Rate Brachytherapy

    While the other two treatments utilized radiation administered from outside the body, brachytherapy uses implants to deliver therapy from within. The implants are placed directly in the lung tumor, helping to ensure maximal radiation delivery to the cancer and minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

    With the help of your radiation oncologist and multidisciplinary treatment team, you will decide which treatment suits your situation best. You can learn more about the details of cancer prevention, treatment, and recovery by contacting the SFRO team at (888) 823-9162. Our offices are located across South Florida to help you get compassionate, advanced treatment close to home.

    The Advantage of Treating Sarcoma Using CyberKnife

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Sarcomas are cancerous tumors that originate within bones, joints, or other connective tissues. Although sarcomas can be serious and aggressive tumors, they are often effectively treated using radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination of these modalities.

    In the effort to help our patients fight sarcoma, South Florida Radiation Oncology offers the many advantages of the CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system. Treatment with this advanced technology is pain-free and requires no invasive surgical procedures or head frames. The CyberKnife’s ability to focus a beam precisely on the tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues also allows more radiation to be administered, providing patients with shorter treatment times and reduced side effects from treatment.

    Would you like to learn more about the abilities of the CyberKnife and other SFRO radiation therapy modalities? Our website contains more detailed information about our various radiation treatment technologies and how they may be used to combat cancer. You can also contact our helpful cancer treatment team at (888) 823-9162 for more information about our Florida locations. 

    What Is Sarcoma?

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    As we grow in the womb, the lungs, skin, nerves, and other various tissues that compose our bodies develop from specific precursor cells. The mesenchymal cell—one of these embryonic cell types—is known to differentiate into bone, cartilage, fat, lymphatic tissue, and blood vessels. When cancer develops in cells of mesenchymal origin, this malignancy is known as a sarcoma.

    Who Is at Risk for Sarcoma?

    Just as there are many tissues that are derived from mesenchymal cells, there are many different forms of sarcoma. Each of these, in turn, carries unique risk factors. Many soft tissue sarcomas, for example, are more common in adults around the age of 57 years. Others, such as the Ewing’s sarcoma, is much more common in children and adolescents undergoing puberty. Fortunately, sarcomas of any type are relatively rare in humans.

    What Are the Most Common Causes of Sarcoma?

    In many cases, medical professionals are unable to determine the direct cause of a sarcoma. Kaposi sarcoma, however, is almost always caused by human herpes virus 8 infections in immunocompromised individuals. Genetics may also play a role in some sarcomas, along with prior chemical or radiation exposure.

    How Is Sarcoma Treated?

    Like any other cancerous disease, the treatment regimen will often be dependent upon the patient’s condition at the time of diagnosis and the unique presentation of the tumor. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery may be used in combination or separately to provide the best possible result for the sarcoma patient.

    South Florida Radiation Oncology offers comprehensive radiation therapy options for patients suffering from sarcoma and other cancerous diseases. Our multidisciplinary team works with each patient to formulate the best therapy plan for his or her needs. To learn more about cancer treatment and prevention, contact our Florida Cancer Treatment Center at (888) 823-9162. You can also visit and subscribe to our SFRO blog for up-to-date information about diet, lifestyle, and cancer-related topics. 

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Breast Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. For many women, however, learning more about what to expect from treatment can help to boost feelings of confidence and positivity. If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving treatment in the near future, read on to learn some important questions that you may want to ask your doctor. 

    What Are My Options for Breast Cancer Treatment?

    Before beginning your treatment regimen for breast cancer, your oncologist will discuss your therapeutic options in depth. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have about the research associated with these treatments and what outcomes you may expect. You may also want to know how your doctor will measure the efficacy of treatments while you move through the healing process.

    How Long Will My Chosen Treatment Last?

    Many breast cancer therapies are performed at specific intervals, while others may only require one treatment. Ask your physician what time commitments may be involved with your treatment.

    Will I Be Able to Continue My Active Lifestyle Throughout Treatment?

    Diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices are important for everyone, but become even more so for those undergoing cancer treatment. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends with regards to physical activity level and dietary requirements. In many cases, maintaining regular physical activity can improve mood and strength during cancer treatment, while a healthy and balanced diet can improve energy and immunity.

    Are There Support Resources Available?

    Each woman has a unique experience with breast cancer. Nevertheless, it can be extremely beneficial to speak with another breast cancer survivor who has gone through her own treatment regimen and is available to offer support. Ask your physician how you can locate support groups or available breast cancer survivors in your community.

    Are you still looking to learn more about breast cancer and its treatment? South Florida Radiation Oncology offers a variety of resources to help our patients learn more about preventing cancer and living healthy. Visit our SFRO blog or official website for more information, or call our staff today at (888) 823-9162.

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