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Prostate Cancer
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Prostate Radiation Therapy

EBRT or electron beam radiation therapy aims external radiation at prostate cancer cells. Prostate Radiation
Therapy

EBRT or electron beam radiation therapy aims external radiation at prostate cancer cells.

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Using Radiation Therapy

IMRT and 3D-CRT are newer versions of EBRT and are non-invasive. Using Radiation Therapy

IMRT and 3D-CRT are newer versions of EBRT and are non-invasive.

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Radiation Treatment

Radiation therapy generally requires 5 treatments per week over 6-8 weeks. Radiation Treatment

Radiation therapy generally requires 5 treatments per week over 6-8 weeks.

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External Radiation Outcomes

Multiple long- and short-term studies indicate success rates over 85% especially when used with other therapies. External Radiation
Outcomes

Multiple long- and short-term studies indicate success rates over 85% especially when used with other therapies.

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Radiation
Side Effects

May include tiredness, diarrhea, skin irritation, upset stomach, frequent or burning urination, and proctitis. Radiation
Side Effects

May include tiredness, diarrhea, skin irritation, upset stomach, frequent or burning urination, and proctitis.

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Brachytherapy

Chemotherapy

Cryotherapy & Cryosurgery

Hormone
Therapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Watchful
Waiting

Complementary
and
Alternative Medicine

High Intensity
Focused
Ultrasound (HIFU)

Emerging Technologies

 

Results of Treating Prostate Cancer with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

“Radiation Therapy Dose Escalation for Prostate Cancer: a Rationale for IMRT.”
Pollack, A.; Hanlon, A.; Horwitz, E.M.; Feigenberg, S.; Uzzo, R.G.; Price, R.S. World J Urol. 2003 Sep;21(4):200-8.

During the pre-PSA era, radiation doses of 64-70 Gy were considered relatively modest, but standard protocol. Doses above 70 Gy were associated with a significant reduction in biochemical failure. Now, using 3D-conformal radiation through the application of intensity modulated therapy results in dose escalation with reduced rectal and bladder exposure and more accurate targeting of the prostate.


“Radiation Dose Escalation for Localized Prostate Cancer: Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy Versus Permanent Transperineal Brachytherapy.”
Wong, W.W.; Vora, S.A.; Schild, S.E.; Ezzell, G.A.; Andrew, P.E.; Ferrigni, R.G.; Swanson, S.K. Cancer. 2009 Dec 1;115(23):5596-606.

Of the 853 participants in this study, 270 received conventional dose 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT), 314 received high-dose intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), 225 received permanent transperineal brachytherapy, and 44 received external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) with a brachytherapy boost. The median follow-up was 58 months. The results of this study indicate that radiation dose escalation improved biochemical control, and IMRT, specifically, caused less acute and late genitourinary toxicity.

 
 
 
 

 
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