Conventional radiation treatment can have serious quality of life implications—particularly relating to urinary, bowel and erectile function—for men with prostate cancer.
Proton therapy delivers less radiation to organs surrounding the prostate gland, minimizing the likelihood of these side effects. Men with higher-risk cancer potentially stand to benefit the most, since proton therapy can treat lymph nodes while significantly reducing the irradiation dose to the bowel and bladder compared with conventional irradiation. Protons can also reduce the odds of secondary cancers in the treated areas.
Proton therapy for prostate cancer is also highly effective in treating cancers that recur in patients who previously received radiation or a prostatectomy.
Prostate and other genitourinary cancers we treat with proton radiation therapy include
- Localized prostate cancer (low, intermediate, and high risk)
- Bladder tumors
- Kidney cancers
- Recurrent prostate or other genitourinary tumors