Proton therapy for prostate cancer
Proton therapy is an advanced treatment option that precisely delivers radiation to the size, shape and depth of your prostate. This approach allows your doctor to radiate the cancer while limiting damage to the surrounding tissue.
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Target your prostate with precision
More precision means less damage to healthy tissue in the urethra, bladder, bowel, and sexual organs than with standard radiation, potentially offering fewer short- and long-term side effects and secondary cancers.
With prostate cancer, you have a wide variety of treatment options that depend on who you are and what your cancer requires: options like surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation and more. If radiation is called for, proton therapy can better target the treatment area and protect your surrounding healthy tissue from radiation.
Proton therapy takes advantage of a unique characteristic of protons—they deliver their maximum dose of radiation, known as the Bragg Peak, right before they come to a stop. That’s how the damage is concentrated on the cancer, protecting healthy tissue.
If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the radiation oncology specialists at our proton therapy facility are available to give a second opinion and determine if proton therapy is right for you.
Pencil beam scanning (PBS)
Some patients may benefit from innovative pencil beam scanning (PBS). PBS "paints" the prostate with a very thin, very precise beam of protons that's accurate within millimeters, reducing even further the amount of radiation to healthy tissue. PBS sends rapid pulses of protons to each planned spot within the prostate until the entire cancer is treated.
Proton therapy facts
- Proton therapy may help preserve testosterone production and reduce the likelihood of secondary tumors in the future.
- Treatments are safe and relatively painless for most prostate patients, helping speed recovery and maintain lifestyle.
- Appointments typically take between 15-60 minutes, meaning no overnight stays and minimal interruption of your routine.
- As of 2022, more than 200,000 people worldwide have received proton therapy at centers in Europe, Asia and the United States.
- Proton therapy is often the only radiation treatment available if you’ve already received radiation for a previous cancer occurrence.