I'm not from GR, but I've been there a few times. I live in the Chicago area - AND I am an SBRT patient.
I can tell you of two centers in the Chicago area that I know do SBRT for PCa. There are probably others, but these are the two I met with before making my choice:
1. Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL
Dr. Najeeb Mohideen
The doctor and his staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, but he was reticent to continue treatment for one of my co-existing conditions, so I opted elsewhere.
2. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
Dr. Arica Hirsch
Again, doctor and staff were superb. This doc went the extra mile for me, helping me to connect with experts on both PCa and my other condition, allowing us to arrange a treatment plan that addressed not only my PCa, but also the other issues I faced. Obviously, my #1 choice.
I found these two
locations by searching for the manufacturer of the equipment (CyberKnife) and then looking on their web site to find their
locations. I imagine that the other equipment manufacturers have similar capabilities. Maybe at the CyberKnife and other web sites you can find a place closer to home. I have to imagine that one exists in Detroit, Ann Arbor, etc., even if GR doesn't have one.
As you have learned, the RO's experience is important - but from my personal experience, the numbers are smaller than for surgeons. If looking for surgeons, we are taught that "thousands of procedures" should be their history. With RO's, especially SBRT RO's, their experiences may number in the hundreds of cases, not thousands. They should have done many total PCa cases, although their earlier experience is probably with IMRT or other conventional procedures and their recent experience being the SBRT patients.
When you get to that point, we can talk more about
SBRT experiences, but for now, let me just say that I am now 2 1/2 years out from treatment, with biopsy results similar to yours, and I am a happy camper.
Age 68 at Dx
PSA history: 2000-2012 0.9-1.2; 06/2012 started T replacement
2013-2015 3.0-3.3 (new normal); 11/2015 4.6; 05/2016 5.7
Biopsy: 12-core biopsy 07/2016; 3 cores G3+3, 5% or less; 1 core 3+4, 15%; 1 core HGPIN; 2% of gland involved. Summary G3+4.
CyberKnife SBRT with Dr. Hirsch; start 11/15/16, finish 11/23
Post Edited (Paxton) : 8/6/2019 9:55:33 AM (GMT-6)