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Prostate Radiation Therapy

EBRT or electron beam radiation therapy aims external radiation at prostate cancer cells. Prostate Radiation
Therapy

EBRT or electron beam radiation therapy aims external radiation at prostate cancer cells.

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Using Radiation Therapy

IMRT and 3D-CRT are newer versions of EBRT and are non-invasive. Using Radiation Therapy

IMRT and 3D-CRT are newer versions of EBRT and are non-invasive.

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Radiation Treatment

Radiation therapy generally requires 5 treatments per week over 6-8 weeks. Radiation Treatment

Radiation therapy generally requires 5 treatments per week over 6-8 weeks.

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External Radiation Outcomes

Multiple long- and short-term studies indicate success rates over 85% especially when used with other therapies. External Radiation
Outcomes

Multiple long- and short-term studies indicate success rates over 85% especially when used with other therapies.

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Radiation
Side Effects

May include tiredness, diarrhea, skin irritation, upset stomach, frequent or burning urination, and proctitis. Radiation
Side Effects

May include tiredness, diarrhea, skin irritation, upset stomach, frequent or burning urination, and proctitis.

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Brachytherapy

Chemotherapy

Cryotherapy & Cryosurgery

Hormone
Therapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Watchful
Waiting

Complementary
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Alternative Medicine

High Intensity
Focused
Ultrasound (HIFU)

Emerging Technologies

 

Results of Treating Prostate Cancer with Radiation Therapy

“Improved Survival in Patients with Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer Treated with Radiotherapy and Goserelin”
Michel Bolla, M.D., Dionisio Gonzalez, M.D., Padraig Warde, M.D., Jean Bernard Dubois, M.D., René-Olivier Mirimanoff, M.D., Guy Storme, M.D., Jacques Bernier, M.D., Abraham Kuten, M.D., Cora Sternberg, M.D., Thierry Gil, M.D., Laurence Collette, M.Sc., and Marianne Pierart

In this study 415 patients with locally advanced prostate cancer were randomly assigned to receive radiotherapy alone or radiotherapy plus treatment with goserelin from 1987 to 1995. Goserelin is an agonist analogue of gonodotropin-releasing hormone that reduces testosterone secretion. Patients were approximately 71 years old. Those who were treated with radiation and goserelin also received cyproterone acetate during the first month to restrict the rise in testosterone associated with goserelin. Only 401 of the 415 patients were available and tracked for 45 months. After 5 years 79% of patients in the combined-treatment group achieved overall survival, compared to 62% in the radiotherapy group. In the combined-treatment group 85% were free of disease and in the radiotherapy group 48% were free of disease.


“10-Year Outcome for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer Treated With External Beam Radiation Therapy:: Results of a Cohort Study”
ZIETMAN, A. L. *; CHUNG, C. S.; COEN, J. J.; SHIPLEY, W. U. Journal of Urology. 171(1):210-214, January 2004.

The goal of this study was to determine how beneficial conventional dose external beam radiation therapy would be to patients with localized prostate cancer. From 1991 to 1993, 205 patients with stage T1 or stage T2 cancer received radiation therapy. Follow-up was done for 114 months with patients without disease. Generally patients were around 72 years at treatment. After 5 years 78% of patients achieved overall survival, and in 10 years the overall survival was 53%. After 10 years 18% had a risk of local failure and metastatic disease, 49% had a risk of being free of biochemical failure, and 127 out of the 205 treated patients (62%) were still alive.


“Biochemical Disease-Free Survival in Men Younger Than 60 Years With Prostate Cancer Treated With External Beam Radiation”
ROSSER, CHARLES J.; CHICHAKLI, RAMSAY; LEVY, LAWRENCE B.; KUBAN, DEBORAH A.; SMITH, LEWIS G.; PISTERS, LOUIS L. Journal of Urology. 168(2):536-541, August 2002.

In this study doctors hoped to determine the rate of biochemical failure in patients younger than 60 and older than 60 at the time of treatment with external beam radiation for localized or locally advanced prostate cancer. Doctors reviewed 964 medical records of patients who received full dose radiotherapy. Doctors than analyzed patient’s PSA levels 3 to 6 months after treatment and routinely every 3 to 6 months thereafter for approximately 48 months. There were 98 patients in the group 60 years or younger and 866 older than 60. Biochemical failure was found in 46 (47%) of the younger group and 261(30%) of the older group. Biochemical disease-free survival rates at 5 and 7 years were 55% and 47% in the younger group and 65% and 59% in the older group.

 
 
 
 

 
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