Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy, Treatment & Side Effects
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Video: Prostate Cancer Radiation TherapyRadiation oncologist Dr. Michael Payne discusses a few of the latest advancements in radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy
Radiation oncologist Dr. Michael Payne discusses a few of the latest advancements in radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms. Radiation therapy is a preferred treatment option for prostate cancer patients at CTCA. We use highly targeted radiation treatments to kill tumors, along with other innovative therapies, like hormone therapy and immunotherapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells.
Our radiation oncologists deliver high radiation doses to cancerous cells in the prostate, while sparing healthy tissue and organs. By focusing the radiation directly on the tumor, these therapies minimize the risk of developing radiation side effects commonly associated with prostate cancer treatment, like incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
We offer two primary types of radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer:
- External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT): Delivers high doses of radiation to prostate
cancer cells from outside the body, using a variety of machine-based technologies.
- High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy (Internal Radiation): Delivers high doses of radiation from implants placed close to, or inside, the tumor(s) in the body.