Robotic Radiosurgery. Treating Prostate Cancer and Related Genitourinary Applications

  • Lee E. Ponsky
  • Donald B. Fuller
  • Robert M. Meier
  • Charlie Ma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction to Radiosurgery as a Multidisciplinary Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lee E. Ponsky, William Chen, Rodney J. Ellis
      Pages 9-14
  3. Historical and Current Prostate Cancer Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Eric Umbreit, Mark Shimko, Matthew Gettman
      Pages 29-40
  4. Prostate Motion

  5. Hypofractionated Radiation Delivery

  6. Emerging Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Lee E. Ponsky, Gino Vricella
      Pages 179-184
    3. Daniel S. Higginson, Mahesh A. Varia, David E. Morris
      Pages 201-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-245

About this book


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among North American and European men, but its treatment continues to be problematic owing to serious side-effects, including erectile dysfunction,  urinary incontinence, and potential lower GI complicatons. Robotic radiosurgery offers a novel, rapid, non-invasive outpatient treatment option for prostate cancer that combines robotics, advanced image-guided motion detection, and automated real-time corrective spatial positioning with submillimeter precision. This book examines all aspects of the treatment of prostate cancer with robotic radiosurgery. After introductory sections on radiosurgery as a multidisciplinary practice and specific issues relating to prostate cancer, the important challenge posed by prostate motion when administering radiation therapy is examined in depth, with detailed discussion as to how image-guided robotic radiosurgery overcomes this problem by continously identifying the precise location of the prostate throughout the course of treatment. A further major section is devoted to a discussion of techniques and potential radiobiological and clinical advantages of hypofractionated radiation delivery by means of robotic radiosurgery systems. The book closes by discussing other emerging genitourinary applications of robotic radiosurgery. All of the authors are experts in their field who present a persuasive case for this fascinating technique.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lee E. Ponsky
    • 1
  • Donald B. Fuller
    • 2
  • Robert M. Meier
    • 3
  • Charlie Ma
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. Urology, Center for Urologic Oncology &University Hospitals Case Medical CenterClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Radiosurgery Medical Group, Inc.San Diego Cyberknife CenterSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Medical Director, Radiation OncologySwedish Cancer Institute at Northwest HoSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Director, PhysicsFox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-11494-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-11495-3
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