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Before you have CyberKnife treatment, you may need:

    • Fiducials – Fiducials are tiny gold seeds that guide the CyberKnife tools to the exact location of your tumor. In preparation for the CyberKnife treatments, a Urologist will implant four rice-sized fiducials through a needle into your prostate during an outpatient procedure, similar to the prostate biopsy procedure.
    • Patients will need to do an enema immediately before the fiducial placement procedure.
    • Patients will need to take antibiotics for three days after the fiducial procedure.
  • Simulation – You will need to have a special CT scan in the Radiation Oncology department to pinpoint the exact location of the prostate. The simulation appointment will also include a detailed education session with the CyberKnife nurse. The entire appointment should take 1-2 hours.
  • MRI Scan – Most patients will also undergo a prostate MRI scan. The scans will provide the CyberKnife the information it needs to pinpoint the exact size, shape and location of your tumor—and to avoid exposing the healthy surrounding organs and tissues to unnecessary radiation.
  • Computerized Treatment Planning – After all of your scans have been completed, your Radiation Oncologist will work closely with the CyberKnife Medical Physicists to develop a custom CyberKnife treatment for you using powerful computers and 3-D image reconstruction. This process can take up to a week.

During CyberKnife Treatment

  • During the treatment, you should lie still on the CyberKnife treatment table. The CyberKnife robot will move around your body focusing the radiation beams on your prostate.
  • You should not feel any discomfort, and nothing will touch you directly.
  • During your 20-30 minute treatment you may watch a movie on the flat screen TV on the ceiling.
  • You may drive yourself and return to your regular schedule immediately following the procedure.

After CyberKnife Treatment

  • Most prostate cancer patients will receive five CyberKnife treatments over the course of 1-2 weeks.
  • Following each treatment, you may drive yourself and immediately return to your normal daily activities.
  • By the end of the two weeks of treatment, some patients may develop urinary frequency, urgency or a slower stream. If this develops, you may be prescribed a medication to take for several weeks to help you urinate better.
  • Other less common side effects may include fatigue or mild diarrhea, which are generally less intense than with traditional radiation.
  • Normally, any side effects from the CyberKnife treatment should resolve within 2-4 weeks.
  • If you are concerned about any symptoms you may experience, contact your CyberKnife physician or nurse.
  • The best way to monitor the success of the CyberKnife treatments is with the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test. It is important to follow-up with both your urologist and the CyberKnife radiation oncology physician. Patients are initially seen three months following treatment, then every six months afterwards, with a PSA test at each visit. PSA levels drop most dramatically during the first six months, but often continue dropping for up to 4-5 years following treatment.

Click below to watch a video about how CyberKnife treats Prostate Cancer

“Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CyberKnife® for early stage prostate cancer, with 93% of patients cancer-free after treatment. In addition, our patients appreciate the convenience of only five treatments, with minimal side effects. They are able to resume their normal activities immediately, without any recovery time needed.” –Richard Shumway, M.D., Director of the Connecticut CyberKnife® Center at Saint Francis.

It’s the final day of our Listen series celebrating all things November.

The idea of Movember is to get men talking more, about everything from mental health to prostate cancer. One conversation that is increasingly being had is of the latter, and namely why men need to find the courage to get checked.

It’s one of the most common cancers for men, and with a survival rate of 84% early detection really does make a difference.

So men need to get talking, and there are a few celebrities, like Ben Stiller and Michael Parkinson, who have used their diagnosis to bring awareness to the disease. But also, the conversation needs to come amongst other men too.

Luke Campbell, a TV producer who has worked on the likes of An Idiot Abroad, was just diagnosed in October.

‘Because my father had it I went on the radar at the local GP,’ he said. ‘So I said if I could raise £250 for Movember I’d get a digital rectal exam.’ Having had no symptoms Luke raised the money and went for the test – a prostate-specific antigen test – which showed his levels were raised and he required further investigation.

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‘I had a couple of MRIs and a biopsy in early October,’ he said. Luke then found out his results, but because he hadn’t spoken to anyone at that point he went to the hospital alone, and was then left pretty shocked by the news. After that he decided to speak out.

‘When you’re on your own you realise how shocked you are,’ he said. ‘I felt it must be awful for a lot of guys, and I thought ‘how do I be selective about who I tell?’ I saw Movember as an opportunity to do something. I decided to go public and put it on Facebook.’

Since then he’s encouraged many friends to go for the test. ‘I decided guys need to talk about it and it will force the conversation,’ he said.

Here are some celebs who’ve decided they need to talk about it too.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller has survived prostate cancer (Picture: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Actor Ben Stiller was diagnosed in 2014 having had no symptoms or family history. He learned about having the disease by chance when he went for a routine check up. His doctor asked for him to have a prostate-specific antigen test, something not many doctors push for in the US, and the results came back high, meaning he needed further investigation.

Six months later he underwent many more tests, before learning he had cancer – a ‘mid-range aggressive cancer’. Within three months he had his prostate gland removed as the end result.

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Now aged 50, he’s cancer free.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian says he’s in good health now (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Lacoste)

Sir Ian McKellen revealed his diagnosis in 2012 having been diagnosed in 2005/2006.

Sir Ian discovered he had the disease after he went to the doctors when he found he was repeatedly needing the toilet at night.

But he received little treatment as the disease was ‘contained’ and didn’t require intervention.

He explained to The Sun: ‘When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread. But if it is contained in the prostate it’s no big deal.’

In 2015 he gave the update that all was OK. He told Time Out: ‘If it’s diagnosed early it’s manageable. My levels of PSA (prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland) – which is how they judge it – are way below the interesting level, let alone dangerous. So I’m fine, really.’

Robert De Niro, 68

Robert De Niro made a full recovery (Picture: Getty Images)

Robert De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 60 – in 2003.

The disease was reportedly detected at a very early stage as he attended regular check ups. He went on to make a full recovery, and even became a father again aged 68 via surrogate.

Dominic Littlewood

Dominic Littlewood helped save his sister with his diagnosis (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Studio Canal)

Dominic Littlewood found out he had cancer when he went for a routine blood test to check on his type 1 diabetes.


Prostate cancer is often hereditary, and his parents both died of cancer in their 60s.

His diagnosis went on to save his sister, who learned she had breast cancer after he urged her to get checked.

Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds is now cancer free (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/REX/ (5717942h)

Noel was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.

‘I had no symptoms whatsoever. I had some tests and it confirmed, ironically on my father’s birthday – he died in 1990 of prostate cancer – that I had the same,’ he said on This Morning. He is now cancer free.

Luke Campbell recently took part in a 14 hour walk which took him over 30 miles around the capital, and was the brainchild of him and his friend Justin. Called the Moverground, he and 40 of his friends walked to 33 of London’s overground stations, and so far have raised over £30k.

‘It was such an achievement!’ he said. They started in East London and travelled through the city, stopping at Clapham Junction, heading back east. They finished just after 10pm.

Luke (center in blue jacket) finished the walk in 14 hours (Picture: Cyril)

Luke is now undergoing Active Surveillance, which means monitoring the disease’s progression before trying invasive surgery. It gives him the time to try other alternatives, like dietary and lifestyle changes.

He is a very good example why speaking out can help others and save lives. If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to about prostate cancer or getting tested, head to Movember’s website for more information.


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Raising Awareness since 2003

“Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in men. In the U.S., roughly 30,000 men die of the disease every year. Many famous figures have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and their diagnoses can help to build awareness for the disease. Here is a list of some famous men diagnosed with prostate cancer, followed by information to help you determine if you’re at risk.

Famous Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

The following is a list of only some of the celebrities who have coped with prostate cancer:

  • Arnold Palmer: Golfer – Arnold Palmer became a champion for prostate cancer following his own diagnosis. His cancer was usually suspected based on a rising PSA test, and confirmed with a prostate biopsy. He chose a radical prostatectomy for treatment and remained cancer free.
  • Harry Belafonte: Singer and actor
  • Bob Dole: Former Republican senator from Kansas
  • Robert De Niro: Actor and director
  • Rudy Giuliani: Former New York City mayor
  • Charlton Heston: Actor
  • John Kerry: United States Secretary of State since 2013
  • Nelson Mandela: Former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist
  • Francois Mitterand: Former president of France
  • Roger Moore: Actor
  • Colin Powell: Retired Secretary of State
  • Frank Zappa: Musician “

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One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer. It kills more people than breast cancer. By 2030 it’s set to be the most common cancer in the UK.

Despite these shocking facts, prostate cancer hasn’t gotten the attention or resources that some other cancers have.

Together, we’ll change this. Together we’re saying ‘Men, we are with you.’

We need more people on our side to take action – to raise funds, to get stuck in and spread the word.

That’s why today, we’re buzzing to announce that 14 legendary names from the world of music, showbusiness and sport have unified to share their own prostate cancer stories as part of our campaign to show men, we are with you.

We’re rolling out a series of powerful films featuring famous faces who’ve been affected by prostate cancer, including TV personality Stephen Fry, music superstar Nile Rodgers, Doctor Who actress Jemma Redgrave, Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent and many more.

Watch the film. Join the team. Stop prostate cancer being a killer.

We need to act now.

Our top priority is to stop prostate cancer killing men. We’re investing millions to fund research to transform the way prostate cancer is understood, diagnosed and treated.

A big problem is that unlike other cancers, you can’t check yourself and there’s no national screening program to help detect early-stage prostate cancer. We need to build a screening programme that can accurately detect prostate cancer early and also identify the best and kindest treatments for each man with the disease.

We have the plans and the expertise, but we still haven’t found a prostate cancer test that’s accurate enough. To find a more accurate test we need to fund more research. So we need thousands of supporters to stand up and make it happen.

Meet the team fighting prostate cancer

Thousands of people across the UK are fighting to get prostate cancer research the recognition and funding it urgently needs.

Join a stellar lineup including EastEnders trio Christopher Timothy, Davood Ghadami and Rudolph Walker, and TV presenter Rav Wilding.

Former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten and Doctor Who actress Jemma Redgrave are also saying “Men, we are with you” as they talk about how their fathers have been affected by prostate cancer, shining a light on how the devastating diagnosis can impact families and loved ones too.

Also joining the fight from the world of sport is former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence who has been living with prostate cancer for more than 15 years, ex world champion boxer Johnny Nelson, whose father has been diagnosed with the disease, and former England rugby union player Ugo Monye.


This could help men have a better chance at early diagnosis and therefore give them more time.”

– Stephen Fry

For Fry, speaking in the campaign about his prostate cancer followed on from his announcement last year that he had been treated for the disease. His announcement in 2018 also coincided with Bill Turnbull revealing his prostate cancer diagnosis, which quickly formed the Fry and Turnbull effect that urged more men to come forward for help and speak to their GP.

Fry said: “A prostate cancer diagnosis is a scary thing – you never expect it’s going to happen to you. Thankfully, mine was caught early enough that something could be done but I know that it isn’t the same for everyone.

“Prostate Cancer UK are investing in vital research that will hopefully take us that one step closer to finding a screening programme. This could help men have a better chance at early diagnosis and therefore give them more time.”


When my doctor told me I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer, everything in my happy music universe imploded in an instant

– Nile Rodgers.

Knowing black men are more at risk of prostate cancer, with one in four black men in the UK being affected by the disease in their lifetime, three-times Grammy winning global musician Nile Rodgers.also features to highlight the increased risk.

Nile said: “When my doctor told me I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer, everything in my happy music universe imploded in an instant. But luckily I was given excellent health information at the time. And once I understood the options available I was able to make a choice about the treatment that was right for me.”


Prostate Cancer UK are working hard to fund vital research, that will give hope to future generations of men, like my sons.

– Bill Turnbull

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2017. The media response to his story resulted in a huge increase in the amount of men contacting their GP. Like many fathers with prostate cancer, his hope is that prostate research and treatment will progress to a level where his sons don’t have to worry.

“I’ve been completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response to me talking about my prostate cancer story. It makes me realise just how many men in the UK are being affected by this disease and I’ve had many men and their families get in touch to say they have since spoken to their doctors since hearing about my diagnosis.

“Prostate Cancer UK are working hard to fund vital research, that will give hope to future generations of men, like my sons, so that prostate cancer is something they no longer have to worry about. By getting behind them and speaking out about the disease, we too can help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”


Prostate cancer, while serious, is fortunately very treatable if caught early. Many of these famous people with prostate cancer were diagnosed during routine screenings or shortly after noticing symptoms, allowing them to get the swift medical intervention necessary to save their lives. Their stories about their cancer experiences often inspire others in similar situations, reminding other sufferers they are not alone and that there is hope.

Many celebrities with prostate cancer open up publicly about being survivors with the goal of raising awareness. Ben Stiller, for example, posted an essay online about his experiences with prostate cancer. Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry have also spoken about their cancer experiences. While stories of people who survived prostate cancer are inspiring, it’s important to also commemorate those who did not. Some of the celebs below fought their cancer for many years before ultimately succumbing to it. Nevertheless, they reminded others you can still have a meaningful life, even while dealing with the struggles of cancer. To learn more, read the list below.

5 Celebrities You Might Not Have Known Had Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting only men, with one in eight men developing prostate cancer in their lifetime. Any man can develop prostate cancer, including celebrities — some of whom have used their experiences to advocate for increased awareness and early diagnosis.

To celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, here are five celebrities who you may not have known had prostate cancer, and a look at their experience.

1. Ben Stiller

“So, yeah, it’s cancer.”

That’s how “Zoolander” actor Ben Stiller started the Medium essay that revealed he had prostate cancer. Stiller was officially diagnosed on June 13, 2014. After an MRI and painful biopsy, he had the tumor removed and was declared cancer-free in September 2014.

Throughout the essay, Stiller was adamant about the importance of taking a PSA test — a blood test that measures the presences of prostate-specific antigens.

“Taking the PSA test saved my life. Literally. That’s why I am writing this now.”

2. Ian McKellen

In 2012, rumors were flying that “Lord of the Rings” actor Ian McKellen had early prostate cancer. They weren’t true. At least, not at the time.

The 73-year-old actor shared on his personal website, “This was diagnosed six or seven years ago. There is no cause for alarm. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. I’ve not needed any treatment.”

About six in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men over 65. McKellen was a prime candidate for the disease, and thanks to early detection and regular checkups, he remains cancer-free today.

3. Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer of 2003. He wasn’t surprised when he found out because for five years his PSA levels had always been high, and he thought something wasn’t right.

After having three biopsies, and the final one saying he was positive for cancer, he told, “At that point, I knew sooner or later that something would show up. And because I’m black, I have a higher propensity for prostate cancer than white folks do.”

Powell was correct, because African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men and five times as likely than Asian men. He went public with his cancer on the morning of his procedure, and today is cancer-free.

4. Robert De Niro

Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 at the age of 60. Thanks to the actor being so proactive about his personal health and regular checkups, doctors say the cancer was caught early enough for the actor to make a full recovery.

De Niro, who lost his father to cancer in 1993, didn’t share how his prostate cancer was treated, but has said he’s made a full recovery.

5. Roger Moore

English actor Roger Moore, best known for replacing Sean Connery as Agent 007 in the iconic “James Bond” franchise, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993. After having his prostate removed, he remained cancer-free until earlier this year, when he died of another type of undisclosed cancer at the age of 89.

The beloved actor, who spent more than 20 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, also lost his stepdaughter to cancer when she was only 47 years old.

All photos courtesy of Facebook

The 10 best prostate cancer blogs

Dr. Samadi is trained in both open surgery and minimally invasive advanced treatments for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. He aspires to bring global awareness to prostate cancer.

The Prostate Cancer 911 blog includes prostate cancer news such as how radical prostatectomy improves the chance of long-term survival, nutritional tips for during and after prostate cancer treatment, and potential prostate cancer warning signs and when to be concerned.

Visit the Prostate Cancer 911 blog.

Renew | Repurpose

Renew | Repurpose replaces the blog Cancer Adventures that Marlys Johnson initially set up with her husband Gary after he received a prostate cancer diagnosis. Marlys says that Gary was the “same witty, courageous wry-humored kind man until November 2014.”

Marlys has created Renew | Repurpose to go beyond cancer and help people to find a fresh purpose in seasons of loss. Marlys explains that an unspeakable loss could happen through a serious illness or disability, loss of meaningful work, an empty nest, a divorce, unwanted location, financial setbacks, or the death of a loved one.

Recent posts on the blog include 11 reasons why you should not get involved with a support team, how to live knowing that cancer and loss will change your future, and how to maintain bonds with deceased loved ones.

Visit the Renew | Repurpose blog.

Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer

Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer is the blog of Daniel E. Zeller. Dan started an unplanned and unexpected journey into the world of prostate cancer in 2010.

Dan says that having first-hand knowledge from other people with prostate cancer was invaluable to him, and the intent of his blog is to help educate, increase awareness, and provide insight for those who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Latest posts by Dan include a survey for individuals who have had a prostatectomy and had their PSA return after surgery, life 78 months after radical prostatectomy, and perspectives gained through a prostate cancer support group.

Visit the Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer blog.

Vital Jake

Janet Worthington is the writer of the blog Vital Jake. Janet started writing about prostate cancer in the early 1990s after her husband’s father had died from prostate cancer at age 53. Janet’s father was also diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Janet says that having the radical prostatectomy saved his life.

Janet’s heart lies in writing articles about men’s health. Her mission is to be that of a patient advocate, to write for the typical person who visits the doctor. She writes in an easy-to-understand way and shares information with individuals who need it the most.

Blog posts on the Vital Jake Prostate blog include gene-targeted treatment for prostate cancer, a discussion on prostate cancer treatment and erectile dysfunction, and how Paul survived prostate cancer and beyond.

Visit the Vital Jake Prostate blog.

Living with Prostate Cancer

Living with Prostate Cancer is a blog created by Todd Seals. Todd was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2006, at age 42, and he shares his story to inspire others. Before cancer, he says that he took life for granted and that cancer gave him a second chance.

Todd’s blog is about living with cancer and focuses more on the living than the cancer itself. He says that while cancer will always be a part of his story, it will never be the focal point.

Popular posts on the blog include Todd’s new chapter with a new oncologist and insurance, his challenge after being prescribed Zytiga, and a list of rules to help you survive the prostate cancer journey, which Todd put together on the 10-year anniversary of his stage 4 diagnosis.

Visit the Living with Prostate Cancer blog.

Prostate Cancer Institute of Los Angeles

The Prostate Cancer Institute of Los Angeles specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of prostate cancer of all stages.

They offer an expert team of urologists, oncologists, radiologists, and radiation oncologists to provide prostate cancer patients with the best treatment options and outcomes.

The most recent posts on the Prostate Cancer Institute of Los Angeles blog include reducing your risk of prostate cancer through maintaining a healthful diet, risk factors that are associated with prostate cancer, and suggestions of what to do after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Visit the Prostate Cancer Institute of Los Angeles blog.

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