Precision CyberKnife Gets Prostate Cancer Patient Back to Active Life
Richard Cooney, a retired, 77-year-old Athletic Director from East Hampton High School, leads a very active life. “When I’m not busy renovating homes with my wife, Kathy, I’m out hiking, gardening, golfing and even paddling in an outrigger canoe with a crew of six in Hawaii.”
So when his doctor told him he had prostate cancer, he did his research on options for treatment. Mr. Cooney’s doctor had been monitoring his PSA levels along with other labs and didn’t like the direction his levels were going.
He sent Mr. Cooney to a urologist. After reviewing blood work, the urologist recommended a biopsy, which confirmed prostate cancer.
The urologist then recommended Precision CyberKnife of New York as a treatment option. Mr. Cooney met with radiation oncologist Joseph Cirrone, MD, at Precision CyberKnife to discuss his treatment and answer all of his questions, then talked it over with his wife. After doing their research online, they decided that he would undergo the treatment.
“I had to have it done before October, because we were going back to Hawaii for the winter. I went there first week of September and they made it work. I did five treatments. One day I was able to play golf after a treatment. Two days after the last treatment, I flew to Hawaii.
“In five short visits, my cancer was gone. No side effects. None,” he said.
Mr. Cooney said he didn’t feel anything during the treatments and was shocked at how easy it was. Richard was impressed with how easily everyone worked together. “Everybody cooperated beautifully. It was a good experience. I think that should be noted. I had no side effects at all. It didn’t affect any phase of my life - my daily life, my physical life, anything. It was great.” Mr. Cooney said Precision CyberKnife was a great option for him.