About Prostate Cancer Treatment
If you have prostate cancer, you are not alone – approximately 220,000 men are diagnosed in the United States each year. In fact, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men. However, it is also one of the most treatable, especially if detected early. Proton therapy best benefits patients with low, intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer or recurrence after surgery.
Proton Therapy Has Proven Clinical Results
Unlike X-ray radiation from traditional treatments like IMRT, TomoTherapy, and Cyberknife, protons can be stopped inside the tumor, which can lower the exposure to excess radiation to the bladder, rectum, and other healthy tissue. This reduces the risk of side effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. The painless and noninvasive nature of proton therapy will allow you to continue on with an active lifestyle throughout treatment. Proton therapy also has a higher overall survival outcome compared to traditional radiation treatment in some instances.
The Treatment Process
We are committed to offering our patients the most advanced treatment options to optimize their quality of life. Before proton therapy treatments begin, SpaceOAR hydrogel is placed to further protect organs at risk. Proton therapy treatments occur every day, Monday – Friday, over the course of up to 44 treatments. Each daily treatment typically takes 20-30 minutes. Most patients are able to continue with their normal daily routine during their treatment regimen. One of our doctors will meet with the you to discuss your specific diagnosis.
Most common among older men, prostate cancer originates in the prostate gland and can spread if not treated.
Why We’re Different
With a state-of-the-art facility and an expert team of oncologists and therapists, we build personalized proton therapy treatment plans that best fit each cancer diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together commonly asked questions about proton therapy, patient care and insurance options to ensure you have the answers you need.