Radiation therapy may be used as an initial treatment for localized prostate cancer. It may also be used as treatment for cancer that has not been fully removed or has recurred after surgery. In advanced cancer, radiation therapy is used to shrink the size of the tumor and relieve symptoms.
Radiation therapy used to be reserved for older men (over age 70) with locally advanced prostate cancer who had a life expectancy of 15 years or less. However, it is now being used more...Read more
I will now discuss why in some patients with prostate cancer, the nerves can readily be spared during the removal of the prostate and in... Read more »
When using radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer, the goal is to focus the radiation "beam" only on the prostate and to avoid the... Read more »
Once it is documented that the patient has "organ confined disease," or cancer that is only within the prostate and has not spread to other... Read more »