Jul 06, 2011 - 8:06 pm
I completed my last (of five) CyberKnife sessions today and I was valedictorian out of a class of one. The Cyberknife office is a one hour drive each way but the Colorado mountains are always beautiful scenery
I arrived at the CyberKnife Center in my street clothes and then lay on a table. Pants were lowered to eliminate the zipper being in the way. I was given a rubber ring on which to hold on my chest so that my arms did not sink too low. The Cyberknife VSI robot is the most recent model. No mold was used for my legs which would reduce my involuntary movement as listed on other accounts. I was required to verbally state my name, DOB, reason for the session (prostate) and type of music to be piped in via the Pandora system. Note: Seems like CK patients have a bias toward Enya or Windham Hill artists!!
There is a large room containing the VSI robot which is connected to the adjustable bed and two imaging devices mounted from the ceiling. A control room is located adjacent and monitored by two techs..The CyberKnife room and the patient is seen on four separate cameras along with a speaker for music. If I needed any assistance, I had to yell or wave my hands.
Once the music started, the robot starting moving about. It moved fairly rapidly and smoothly with a low buzzing sound and positioned itself in a wide variety of positions to deliver the dosage to the prostate from dozens of different angles.
Each session lasted 25-35 minutes, a reduction from older machines. Total dosage was 35 gy at 700 centigray per session. There were no sensations felt although I thought that I felt a buzz-tingling during session # 3. I'm told it was psychological but I won't argue the point
I was given my walking / graduation papers, told to get a PSA after 3 months and return for a consult. This is self-pay since Kaiser of Colorado would not acknowledge this procedure. DaVinci was my second choice but there are complications due to 1) medical history 2) Kaiser surgeon with only 250 procedures.
FYI, I am age 62, diagnosed March 2011 with Gleason 6, 2/12 cores, 10%, T1c, PSA 14.2. My PSA has been between 6-8 over the last 15 years with two negative biopsies in 1996 (18 cores).