CyberKnife® Treatment for Prostate Cancer
The CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system is a widely used form of nonsurgical prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) believes that enough clinical evidence exists so that SBRT should be considered an appropriate alternative for select patients with low- to intermediate-risk prostate cancer.
Dr. Arica Hirsch, M.D.
Dr. Hirsch is the Medical Director and primarily practices at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She is board-certified in Radiation Oncology. After completing medical school at Northwestern University and residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as chief resident, Dr. Hirsch was an Assistant Professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she practiced for 4 years. In 2001, Dr. Hirsch went into private practice with Radiation Oncology Consultants.
Dr. Hirsch has a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of breast cancer as well as the integration of natural approaches with conventional cancer treatment. She is experienced in the use of conformal 3-D therapy, intensity modulated therapy (IMRT), and low and high dose rate brachytherapy. She is knowledgeable in the treatment of prostate, gynecologic, lymphoma, lung, gastrointestinal, head & neck, and brain malignancies. Dr. Hirsch is involved in breast cancer awareness programs, and is active in Medical Education. She has written papers and lectured on various cancer topics.
Dr. Hirsch spends her leisure time with her husband and four children, and enjoys cooking, piano, and reading fiction. She is active in Synagogue community service and serves on the Board of her childrens’ school. When asked why she chose Radiation Oncology she states, “When in medical school, I became involved in the care of a young woman hospitalized with breast cancer. This experience led me to understand the depth of relationships possible between patients, their families, and their physicians. The combination of scientific stimulation and progress with human interaction is what attracts me to this field.
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