PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT: SIDE EFFECTS OF RADIATION THERAPY
Radiation is effective because it damages genetic material in all dividing cells within the targeted lesion. This prevents the cancer cells from growing. Eventually they die.
There are various forms of radiation therapy, including External Beam (IMRT, SBRT, IGRT) and Brachytherapy (radioactive seeds permanently implanted inside the prostate).
While radiation can effectively destroy cancer, there are many possible side effects associated with radiation such as:
Radiation therapy in the news:
When considering radiation therapy, also consider:
There is another minimally invasive option
Cryotherapy is an effective, minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer. And it is radiation-free without many of the side effects associated with radiation. Click here for more information.
A recent study showed that cryotherapy received better quality-of-life scores than radiation therapy for “urinary bother” (ability to urinate after procedure).
With cryotherapy, a patient can leave the hospital on the same day as the treatment. Cryotherapy typically requires only one treatment.
Cryotherapy is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.
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