Radiation oncologists use radiation for prostate cancer to destroy cancer cells, reduce their growth or to relieve symptoms of the cancer. Radiation therapy treatment is often used in men with early prostate cancer that hasn’t spread, although it can also be used in combination with other treatments, or if the cancer has returned.1
As you may have the option between surgery and radiation therapy treatment, it is important to talk with your urologist and your radiation oncologist to help you weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options and possible side effects like incontinence and erectile dysfunction, availability and cost to help you make an informed decision about the best treatment for you.
There are many different radiation therapy techniques that may be suitable for your prostate cancer. The treatment you receive will depend on the size and stage of your cancer, your general health and treatment preferences.