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Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer – Radiation Surgery or Hormone Therapy

February 24th 2006

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer – Radiation Surgery or Hormone Therapy

Prostate Diagram

There are 232,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US every year, and each man needs to make decision as to their treatment options.  There are some factors to consider before making a decision.

There are different types and prostate cancer.  According to Dr. Tim Johnson, a correspondent for ABC News Tonight, “In some cases — especially if a man has a slow-growing form of cancer or other more severe health conditions — "watchful waiting" may be all that is necessary. It involves regular exams and blood tests to make sure the cancer isn't spreading faster than predicted.”

In the Special Feature called “Second Option: Prostate Cancer,” Dr. Johnson interviewed Dr. Durado Brooks.  Brooks told the reporter that "The man should know, for instance, what is found at biopsy.  The biopsy gives information to the man and his treating physician in order to make a decision."  Brooks is Cancer Society director of prostate cancer.


According to WebMD, prostate cancer grows when exposed to the male hormone testosterone and its related hormones.  A hormone treatment can be initiated to stop the production of testosterone and all androgens either temporarily or permanently.  The treatment is usually initiated in patients where the cancer has already spread.

Surgery is another option.  Dr. Brooks said "It is recommended that a man talk both to a surgeon and a radiation oncologist so that he gets the perspectives from both of these experts”.

Each treatment will have different side effects.  Johnson says a man has to choose which side effects he wants to avoid while weighing how effective a treatment will be.  After the decision is made, the patient then needs to decide which treatment center is best.  To determine the right center, Dr. Brooks says, “just ask”.  Many surgeons compile data as to whether a man was able to have full urinary function after the surgery. 


Another new treatment is IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy).  The advantage to this type of treatment is that it can focus on a small portion of the prostate leaving the healthy tissue alone.  The disadvantage to this therapy is the time involved.  It can take five ˝ hour treatments per week for several weeks.  This is why many men choose radioactive seed therapy.  This is a one day procedure where the surgeon implants small radioactive pellets into the tumor.  Cure rates are about the same for both types of treatments (internal radiation and external radiation) according to Dr. Johnson.   

Radiation therapy is less likely to cause problems with urine control. Both surgical and radiation treatments are very effective if the cancer is caught early.
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