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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. Almost 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 288,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2023 and it will be the cause of death for 34,700 men. Black men and older men are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The ACS recommends routine PSA screening for men at age 50 with a life expectancy of at least 10 years and starting PSA screening at a younger age for men with a family member who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. If the screening PSA is elevated (≥ 4.0 ng/ml) then your primary care physician may refer you to a urologist for a further discussion and possible biopsy.  If the biopsy is positive for cancer, then the urologist and radiation oncologist will discuss various treatment options including Radical Prostatectomy, radiation therapy, or prostate seeds. There is also the option of active surveillance for some men. There are several non-surgical options for the curative treatment of prostate cancer: (1) Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), (2) Stereotactic Body Radiation therapy (SBRT). (3) Prostate seed implants (PSI), and (4) High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.  Dr. Shah is the only radiation oncologist in the Tampa Bay area with experience with all 4 radiation treatment options. The choice of treatment options will be based on the characteristics of your cancer and patient preference.

About Us...

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. Almost 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 288,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2023 and it will be the cause of death for 34,700 men. Black men and older men are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The ACS recommends routine PSA screening for men at age 50 with a life expectancy of at least 10 years and starting PSA screening at a younger age for men with a family member who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. If the screening PSA is elevated (≥ 4.0 ng/ml) then your primary care physician may refer you to a urologist for a further discussion and possible biopsy.  If the biopsy is positive for cancer, then the urologist and radiation oncologist will discuss various treatment options including Radical Prostatectomy, radiation therapy, or prostate seeds. There is also the option of active surveillance for some men. There are several non-surgical options for the curative treatment of prostate cancer: (1) Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), (2) Stereotactic Body Radiation therapy (SBRT). (3) Prostate seed implants (PSI), and (4) High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.  Dr. Shah is the only radiation oncologist in the Tampa Bay area with experience with all 4 radiation treatment options. The choice of treatment options will be based on the characteristics of your cancer and patient preference.

Questions to ask your radiation oncologist

Are you affiliated with or employed by the referring urologist?

Dr. Shah is an independent radiation oncologist that has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 2006 and has worked with all of the urologists in the community.

How old is the radiation equipment at your facility?

Successful radiation treatments require the latest in technology. The linear accelerator at CRO is the newest linear accelerator in Pinellas County and was installed in January 2023.

What type of CT scan is used to obtain the anatomical imaging necessary for radiation treatment planning?

At CRO we have an on-site diagnostic quality 64 slice CT scanner to precisely define the patient’s internal anatomy allowing for sculpting of the radiation dose to the cancer and away from normal surrounding tissues such as the rectum and bladder. It is very important to have the highest quality imaging for radiation planning to ensure that the radiation dose to normal structure is minimized.

Does the facility have the capability of delivering IV contrast during the CT scan?

This is very important in high-risk prostate cancer when the lymph nodes require treatment. It allows for precise identification of the high-risk nodal areas. At CRO patients can be given IV contrast for their treatment planning CT scan when necessary.

Do you have experience with SBRT?

SBRT involves the precise delivery of very high doses of radiation allowing select patients to receive curative treatment in 5 radiation treatments. At CRO we have the technology to offer SBRT and Dr. Shah has extensive experience utilizing SBRT for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Do you have experience with prostate seed implants and how many cases have you performed?

Prostate seed implants are an excellent option for some patients with low risk and intermediate risk prostate cancer. Dr. Shah has experience with both low dose rate (LDR) prostate seed implants and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

Do you utilize SpaceOAR® to reduce radiation dose to the rectum?

SpaceOAR® is an injectable biodegradable gel that reduces radiation dose to the rectum. Dr. Shah has extensive experience placing SpaceOAR® for select patients.

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Patient Testimonials

Before seeing Dr. Shah my radiation oncologist told me my only option was 9 weeks of daily radiation. I specifically sought Dr. Shah’s care because of his expertise in prostate cancer. He reviewed my entire medical history and we discussed options of SBRT versus prostate seeds. I chose SBRT and completed my treatment in 5 sessions over 10 days.
Donald H.
Dr. Shah was amazing. I was confused about all of my different treatment options. Dr Shah discussed all the options including observation and we ultimately decided that active surveillance was best for me.
Mike T.
We are thankful we found Dr. Shah and the prostate cancer institute. Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer and we wanted to find a treatment option that provided the highest cure with minimal impact on intimacy. After a thorough consultation we decided to move forward with hypofractionated radiation therapy. It did not slow Bob down and we are both very happy with the results.
Bob and Carol G

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