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    What Happens During CyberKnife Treatment?

    Last updated 19 days ago

    CyberKnife is a radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and benign tumors without invasive procedures. It’s ideal for patients with inoperable or complex tumors, as well as those who are looking for an alterative to surgery for their treatments. The CyberKnife Center at Riverside Community Hospital is the first facility in the area to offer this revolutionary treatment. Here is a look at what happens during the procedure.

    CT Imaging

    Before treatment begins, patients undergo a high-resolution CT scan so the clinician can clearly see the location, size, and shape of the tumor being treated. This scan is transferred to the CyberKnife system so that the operator can make specific plans for treatment. The treatment plan is created using CyberKnife software, which determines the correct dose for successful treatment that won’t damage healthy tissue.

    Patient Prep

    For the treatment, patients are asked to change into hospital gowns and are positioned on the treatment table. Because CyberKnife treatment is painless, there is no anesthesia required. Once the clinician reviews the treatment plan and patient’s medical history, treatment can begin. Because it’s necessary to remain very still during treatment, doctors sometimes use a neck or body mold to reduce movement.

    Treatment Procedure

    The CyberKnife system has a large, computer-controlled robotic arm that moves around the patient, delivering precise doses of radiation to the tumor from all angles. The process takes between 30 and 90 minutes and varies depending on the tumor location. Some patients only require one CyberKnife session, while others need to have a series of treatments. For patients receiving multiple treatments, sessions are usually scheduled over five or fewer days. Most patients are able to return to normal activities right away, though nausea and fatigue are possible, depending on the treatment area.

    To learn more about CyberKnife care at Riverside Community Hospital, call (951) 788-3463. Our hospital also offers OBGYN care, is home to a heart hospital, and provides the only organ transplant services in Riverside County. Please visit our website to find additional information about our hospital.

    Fighting Back Against Childhood Obesity

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. The repercussions for kids now and in the future are serious. Kids who are obese are at risk for conditions that once only affected adults, like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems, in addition to depression, social anxiety, and low self-esteem. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re dedicated to helping all members of our community understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and the things we can all do together to get there. Fight back against childhood obesity with these tips.

    Clean Up School Lunches

    While parents may make great strides in providing a healthy diet at home, many kids still have access to high-calorie, high-fat foods at school. Lobby for your child’s school to stop offering sugary beverages and to replace unhealthy lunch options with more nutritious fare. If your child’s school doesn’t offer suitable choices for meals, consider packing a healthier lunch and only allowing your child to buy school lunches occasionally.

    Prioritize PE

    With busy schedules, the lure of video games, and other modern factors, kids today tend to get less physical activity than ever before. This is why physical education in school is so important. The government recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity daily for good health, and PE class is one of the most effective ways to ensure they get that consistently. However, changing curricula in many schools mean far fewer of them are offering daily PE classes. Be an advocate for PE in your child’s school.

    Practice Portion Control

    Make portion control part of mealtime for your family. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about food serving guidelines, and don’t forget to set an example with the way you eat. When kids aren’t used to super-sized portions, they’re less likely to overindulge outside of the house.

    Do you need help managing your child’s weight? Ask for a referral to a Riverside Community Hospital physician. At our hospital, patients of all ages can find a comprehensive list of services, from OBGYN care to organ transplants, bariatric surgery, and heart care. For a referral to a doctor and additional information, call (951) 788-3463. 

    A Look at the Process of Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 26 days ago

    With early diagnosis of prostate cancer, treatments are often less invasive and more effective. There are a number of tools doctors can use to diagnose prostate cancer so treatment can begin. At Riverside Community Hospital, our imaging specialists and cancer team will walk with you through the entire process of diagnosis, care, and recovery. Here is a look at the diagnostic tools doctors use for prostate cancer.

    Blood Test and Exam

    The first stage of prostate cancer diagnosis begins in the doctor’s office. Your physician may perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a blood test to check for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). During the DRE, your doctor will check for prostate lumps and enlargement. The PSA test tells your doctor if you have high levels of an antigen that sometimes—but not always—occurs with prostate cancer. PSA levels are also used to determine prostate cancer staging if a diagnosis is made.

    Transrectal Ultrasound

    A transrectal ultrasound, or TRUS, allows your doctor to see if your prostate gland is enlarged or if it has any suspicious growths. The test is usually ordered if your doctor is concerned about the results of your DRE or PSA test. TRUS is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes about 10 minutes. Although you may feel some pressure when the probe is inserted, the procedure is not painful for most patients.


    A biopsy may also be ordered based on the results of DRE or PSA tests. Prostate biopsies are usually performed by urologists. The biopsy usually takes about 10 minutes and is performed by inserting a small, hollow needle into the prostate via the rectum to remove prostate tissue for testing.

    If you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, Riverside Community Hospital’s Cancer Center can help. We offer superior care from a team of compassionate oncology experts. Our hospital’s range of facilities and services also includes a heart hospital, bariatric weight loss, OBGYN care and much more. To learn more, call (951) 788-3463. 

    Managing Your Daily Routine After a Stroke

    Last updated 1 month ago

    After a stroke, it’s normal to need to make some adjustments to your daily routine as you recover. Although what recovery looks like varies from survivor to survivor, problems with motor skills are common. This video looks at just one useful tool that can help you adapt.

    Gripping a can opener can turn into a vexing task after a stroke. Using a motorized opener is a simple way you can adjust to changes after a stroke while maintaining your independence. Many such tools exist that can be useful to stroke survivors. Your rehabilitation team can help you find ones that are right for you.

    You’re not alone after a stroke. Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. We have a certified Primary Stroke Center and offer the support you need as you recover. Call (951) 788-3463 to get more information about stroke care, our heart hospital, and more.

    What Can Men Do to Stay on Top of Their Health?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Any time is a good time for men to spend some time focusing on what they can do to improve their overall well-being. At Riverside Community Hospital, our full-service medical facility has all of the tools you need to learn about living healthier, and we can address any existing problems you have. Consider these simple steps you can implement to stay healthy:

    Have a Check-Up

    When was your last check-up? By having regular preventative care visits, you can keep a wide range of men’s health issues at bay and give your physician a chance to catch any health issue that is brewing in its early stages, when it is likely to be easiest to treat. A check-up is also the perfect excuse to have a talk with your doctor about things that are concerning you about your health and to get tips for everything from eating healthier to stopping smoking. If you’re in need of a new doctor, Riverside Community Hospital can help you find one.

    Schedule Health Screenings

    Along with regular check-ups, screening tests play an important role in managing your health. Get checked for prostate cancer, or schedule a colon cancer screening. Both of these cancers have high survival rates when caught early. The right schedule for screenings for you depends on a number of factors, including your health history. Talk to your doctor about what types of screenings you should be having and how often you should be having them.

    Adopt a Healthy Habit

    Make a lifestyle change that has an impact on your health. Maybe you’ve been thinking about adding exercise to your schedule or getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Commit to sticking to your new habit throughout June and see how much better you can feel.

    Your good health starts with the physicians at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer comprehensive healthcare to the Riverside community in the form of bariatric weight loss surgery, heart hospital services, and much more. Get answers to your questions about our healthcare services by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463. 

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