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The power of the world’s top cancer minds treating your cancer.

We know that hearing the words, ‘you have cancer’ and coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be incredibly challenging – for you and your loved ones. At GenesisCare we believe care should be focused on you, the individual, and not just the condition. Our belief is that care should be available when and where you need it most and be designed to help give you the best life outcomes possible.

If you or someone you love has prostate cancer, you want confidence and precision. You want access to the latest advancements in cancer care and research. And you want a success plan designed for you. That’s why we’re here.

GenesisCare is a first-of-its-kind, global network of 5,000 cancer specialists. Our physicians collect and study the most promising advances in science and care from across the US and around the world.

With over 130 radiation oncology centers in the US, GenesisCare brings these proven best practices right to your community. Whether an effective approach for treating your cancer was investigated by our physicians in Brisbane, Barcelona, or Boca Raton, you’ll find confidence having GenesisCare as part of your cancer care team.

How is prostate cancer treated?

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer the specialist leading your treatment may be a urologist, radiation oncologist or perhaps a medical oncologist. The group of specialists supporting your care have a wide range of tools available and will work with you to design a treatment plan that gives you the best possible outcome. Different factors influence what treatment may be recommended for your cancer.

These include the type of cancer, tumor location, speed of growth, how advanced the cancer is, and your age.

At GenesisCare we are constantly challenging ourselves to design better care. We personalize care for you and your condition so treatment can involve a combination of therapies such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, dietary changes, and other holistic care.

Making the decision about what cancer treatment to have can be difficult. We recommend you discuss all your options (including those suggested by your multidisciplinary team) with your specialist before starting any treatment. Other important considerations may include the location of the treatment center, duration of treatment(s), potential side-effects, and any extra costs.

Your treatment with GenesisCare

At GenesisCare we not only focus on treating your cancer, but we also take a holistic approach that cares for you as a person.

Our oncologists work with a team of medical professionals to design a personalized treatment plan that is tailored for you. Our centers are staffed with caring and highly qualified teams to provide you with the highest level of care throughout your treatment. Each step of your treatment will be closely monitored, and each member of your team will be fully informed and up to date with your treatment progress.

At GenesisCare we offer Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Chemotherapy, Hormonal Therapy and Theranosics.

We provide each of the following to you:

  • Rapid access to treatment – no waiting list
  • A personalized prostate care plan, including preference of appointment times to fit your schedule
  • One oncologist managing your treatment from start to finish
  • A GenesisCare nurse will coordinate your care and offer personalized support throughout your journey
  • State of the art technology and innovative treatments
  • We work closely with other healthcare professionals to deliver comprehensive care to you.
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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.

 

Supporting radiation therapy with spacers

Some patients may be offered the use of gel spacing as a treatment option for their radiation therapy, and this is something that your radiation oncologist will discuss with you. As the rectum sits close to the prostate, the use of a gel creates a space between the prostate and the rectum, ensuring the radiation is targeted at the prostate, to minimize the amount and to lower the chances of damage to the rectum. This may be done at the same time as the placement of fiducial markers, to provide additional guidance for your treatment. Insertion of a spacer is an effective technique to reduce the side effects of prostate radiation therapy.

We believe you deserve the best and that’s why we offer services that help reduce side effects of treatment and improve your quality of life. The spacer acts as a temporary cushion between the prostate and rectum to protect the rectal wall from receiving radiation therapy dose, and in turn can help reduce side-effects including urinary, bowel and sexual function.

GenesisCare utilizes two types of spacers for prostate cancer treatment:

  • Barrigel 
  • SpaceOAR

Spacers can be used for both internal and external radiation therapy. The spacer gel will dissolve a few months after radiation therapy has been completed. Avoiding radiation therapy dose to the rectum reduces the potential for rectal inflammation during therapy and further lowers the small risk of delayed rectal bleeding after treatment. Spacing agents are routinely used worldwide, but spacers aren’t for everyone. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on whether or not spacers are right for you.

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There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.

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About GenesisCare

GenesisCare has become a global leader in cancer care, in no small part, by ensuring the care we deliver is of a standard we would want for ourselves and our loved ones. Guided always by important values such as empathy for all, integrity always, and innovation every day, we find a way when others can't.

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