Radiation Therapy

The Urologic Oncology Center Utilizes Advanced Radiation Therapies to Treat Prostate Cancer

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center multidisciplinary team of health care professionals discusses with patients which types of therapies are best to treat their cancer, depending on the patient’s stage of disease and lifestyle. Patients can count on our physicians, radiologists, oncologists and nurses to assist them with selecting the appropriate treatment. Patient health and well-being are our top priorities.

What is Radiation?

UH Seidman Cancer Center radiologists use high-energy rays that are delivered by an external beam, which is like an X-ray or implanted radioactive seeds, to treat a patient's prostate cancer.

High doses of radiation therapy are linked to lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and also decreased rates of positive biopsies three years following treatment. Additionally, with newer radiation techniques, our therapists can deliver even higher doses with fewer side effects for patients.

UH Seidman Cancer Center offers a variety of radiation treatments, including:

  • Radiosurgery: an innovative, noninvasive technique that uses multiple narrow beams of radiation that are focused on a single diseased target to destroy the tissue it contacts, involving minimal contact with the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Brachytherapy: a process in which radioactive seeds are deposited in the prostate to deliver high doses of radiation directly into a patient's tumor. Research shows that brachytherapy can be as effective as surgery in treating men with low-grade prostate cancer that is in its earlier stages.
  • External beam radiation: the technique of delivering beams of radiation to the affected tissue over the course of multiple visits. This painless and precise treatment fights prostate cancer tumor cells.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy: a system scans to verify the patient’s position, anatomy and tumor location, which helps UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians ensure the accuracy of each procedure. Our physicians are now integrating real-time image guidance within intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Prior to radiation treatment, three tiny “markers” are implanted within the patient's prostate, which can be visualized during each treatment process, allowing physicians the ability to track and then target the areas affected by cancer with great precision.

Image-guided radiotherapy is routinely used at the Urologic Oncology Center to deliver high doses of radiation therapy in single treatments to areas of recurrent cancer, including lymph nodes and bones.

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