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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Like lots of folks, Bob Rushing uses GPS to navigate his truck around town. And now Doctors are using similar technology to navigate the body. Dr. Christopher Bozarth at Optim Oncology in Midwest City is treating prostate cancer using the “Calypso System.”

Bozarth says it targets radiation more accurately than other therapies and reduces collateral damage.

“The difference with this therapy is the Calypso lets you localize on the gland and keep it in the center of the field. By using the Calypso System, we keep the radiation in and around the prostate,” he said.

Beacons the size of a grain of rice are implanted in the prostate.

They emit radio waves, allowing clinicians to pinpoint the prostate.

This is critical because the gland tends to shift when a patient is coughing, sneezing, even breathing.

Patient Bob Rushing said, “It allows that stuff to go right where they want it to go.”

The 61-year-old grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer.

“Once you hear it, you have to go on and find a treatment,” he said.

After extensive research, Bob became one of the first local patients to benefit from “GPS for the body.”

Dr. Bozarth said, “This unique technology minimizes patient side effects and maximizes their quality of life. You get back to doing all the things they were doing without a problem both during therapy and after.”

After only 9 weeks, Bob is cancer-free, back to full strength!

Rushing said, “Pretty much doing anything I want to do and life is good!”

Optim Oncology is the only center in the Oklahoma City metro offering the “Calypso System.”