Radiation therapy harnesses the curative power of radiation to target and destroy tumors. This treatment involves directing beams of high-energy waves, such as gamma rays or X-rays, at the cancer.
In the past, surgery and radiation have been defined as two separate treatment choices – men chose to undergo surgery or to receive radiation therapy. But recent research has shown that the use of radiation therapy as an adjuvant after a radical prostatectomy may lead to better outcomes for patients with residual disease.
There are several ways that radiation can be delivered to the cancer. Many of the techniques used by radiation oncologists at the Prostate Center are based on state-of-the-art technologies that allow better targeting of radiation to the cancer. The services offered here include:
- External Beam Radiation Therapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery with CyberKnife
At the Prostate Cancer Center, a surgeon and radiation oncologist will consult with each patient to develop a personalized treatment strategy.