Prostate Cancer Treatment
The primary treatment for most patients with early staged prostate cancer is either radiation therapy or surgery, sometimes the combination of the two. Because of this, a radiation oncologist is often the lead for the patient’s cancer treatment.
The prostate cancer treatment recommended for each patient depends mainly on age, the grade of the tumor (the Gleason score), how fast the cancer is likely to grow, and the state of the patient’s general health.
Watchful Waiting for Prostate Cancer
After receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis, your doctor will find out the type of prostate cancer and whether it’s spread to other parts of the body. If it is a low grade (6 or less on the Gleason score), the specialist may recommend watchful waiting (also called active surveillance) for a period of time. This can last several months to several years, depending on how quickly the cancer grows. During this time the doctor will closely monitor PSA test results and may do other exams to decide if treatment is necessary.
Radiation Therapy: ProstRcision
Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG), started by Dr. Frank Critz developed a unique technique for curing prostate cancer in 1979. Today thousands of men have used ProstRcision to successfully treat their prostate cancer.
How does ProstRcision work to treat prostate cancer?
ProstRcision uses a combination of brachytherapy (radioactive seeds) and external radiation to simultaneously destroy prostate cancer from within as well as target the immediate surrounding tissue where microscopic cancer cells may exist. As a result, ProstRcision has one of the highest reported success rates published in peer-reviewed journals. ProstRcision is a two-part process:
1. Internal Radioactive Seeds
Radioactive seeds and three non-radioactive gold markers are placed inside the prostate during a short surgery to treat prostate cancer. The radioactive seeds along with the gold markers inside the prostate act as a target to guide the second part of the treatment, Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT). This makes the next step in the ProstRcision treatment process easier.
2. External Radiation Therapy
Radiation beams from a large machine called a linear accelerator (LINAC) are directed at the prostate, the immediate tissue around the prostate (periprostatic tissue), and seminal vesicles to deliver radiation to any cancer cells that may have “leaked” outside of the prostate. It’s also helpful for men whose prostate cancer is close to the urethra because the seeds must be a certain distance from the urethra to avoid any potential damage. As such, the external radiation allows you to get to areas of the prostate where the radioactive seeds may not be present.
Are There Side Effects of ProstRcision?
Men who go through ProstRcision have few, if any, side effects, but each person may have a different response to radiation. Most men do exceptionally well with ProstRcision. One of the great advantages of ProstRcision is that it does not include surgery. This means that important muscles and sex nerves are not cut. Men stand an excellent chance of maintaining bladder control and sexual function after their prostate cancer treatment is complete.