The latest prostate cancer radiation therapy options
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) and surgery are often the first treatments for someone with early-stage prostate cancer. With both, you need precise treatment to decrease the risk for erectile dysfunction or incontinence.
Current advances in prostate cancer radiation therapy focus on precision, accuracy, and radiation safety. GenesisCare physicians are on the forefront of testing and proving better ways to improve radiation delivery, while minimizing its risks and side effects.
If you are just starting your prostate cancer treatment, or you know radiation therapy is required, be sure to speak with a GenesisCare specialist.
We work in close collaboration with your oncologist and surgeon to develop the right therapy option for you. And we leverage our leading-edge technologies, global clinical trials network, and unmatched care experience throughout your treatment.
Prostate cancer radiation therapy side effects
Side effects may arise due to radiation therapy because of the proximity of the rectum and bladder. During treatment, these symptoms are usually mild, and only occasionally moderate in intensity. There may be slowing of the urinary stream, increased frequency of needing to pass urine and a degree of stinging when passing urine. Similarly, you may pass more wind from the rectum and have some irregularity of bowel functioning and loose stools. Side effects usually decrease within a few weeks of the treatment being completed. You will be given clear instructions on things you can do to minimize these symptoms during treatment. Occasionally symptoms can persist more long term, and your radiation oncologist will discuss the potential long-term changes that can affect your bladder, bowel, and erectile functioning.