Prostate Cancer Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before.

Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is an important first step.

Below is an overview of some current treatment options for prostate cancer.  Learn more about the various risks and benefits of each option to help start your search.

  • Surgery – If prostate cancer hasn’t spread outside the gland, invasive surgery is often used to remove the prostate.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) – Also known as intensity-modulated radiation therapy or IMRT, this method uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and is administered over several weeks of daily treatments.
  • Brachytherapy – Also known as internal radiation therapy, brachytherapy uses small radioactive pellets, or “seeds,” that are placed directly into the prostate to deliver radiation over a period of several months.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) – This treatment method uses advanced image guidance software to deliver high dose radiation to the prostate cancer with sub-millimeter accuracy. Treatment is completed in five or fewer outpatient sessions and results in less radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Alliance Cancer Centers in Greenville and Clarksdale use radiation therapy (EBRT and Brachytherapy) to treat prostate cancer.  Radiation therapy serves as an effective treatment for prostate cancer, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply and spread.

To learn more about prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.pcf.org.  To learn more about how Alliance Cancer Centers in Greenville and Clarksdale treat prostate cancer, or to get a second opinion, please click here.