December 14, 2013 9:11 am

Ask the Pros~ Advancements in prostate cancer treatment

Posted in: Ask the Pros

Q: How much has radiation treatment for prostate cancer advanced in the past 20 years?

A: Radiation therapy treatments for prostate cancer have markedly advanced over the past 20 years.  Treatments are based on each person’s anatomy, shape, and size.  Targeting of radiation has gone from a 2-3 cm margin to a .5 -.2 cm margin.  This focusing of the radiation with tight margins greatly improves the acute and late side effects of the treatment.  At my office, we use an ultrasound targeting system which allows the therapist to align to the person’s prostate every day.  This non-invasive procedure is the same technology urologists use to diagnose prostate cancer.

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