More than 218,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed this year with prostate cancer, the second-most-common cancer after skin cancer in American men. Thanks to continually improving treatment plans, however, more men with prostate cancer are surviving.
In most cases, prostate cancer grows slowly, so men diagnosed with the disease have time to consider their options.
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Treating early-stage prostate cancer
Treating prostate cancer in its early stages often involves radiation therapy, hormone therapy, surgery to remove the prostate gland or “watchful waiting.”
A patient’s age and health, the degree to which the cancer has spread and the speed at which it is growing helps physicians determine treatment. Men considering their treatment options should consider each therapy’s benefits and side effects.
When radiation therapy is recommended, physicians at Baptist Beaumont Hospital have several options to offer patients.
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- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy: Computer-controlled X-ray technology delivers precise radiation to tumors with minimal complications for surrounding healthy tissue.
- Image-guided radiation therapy: A cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan creates images just before the delivery of radiation, which enables radiation oncologists to verify the exact location of the tumor, allowing for a precise radiation dose to the tumor site.
- Seed brachytherapy: Tiny radioactive pellets called “seeds” are implanted directly into the prostate, minimizing the dose of radiation to the bladder and rectum
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy: Custom mapping accounts for a patient’s anatomy, breathing and organ motion, pinpointing the exact location of even the smallest tumor, sparing organs and decreasing any surrounding tissue damage. A single high dose of radiation is delivered so patients are often able to complete treatment quicker.
Man to Man: Prostate cancer support group
Join our support program for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients that partners with the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program and the American Cancer Society. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 608 Calder Ave., Beaumont. Contact Tammy Droste at (409) 351-9788 or email email@example.com for more information.
We can help
Deciding on cancer treatment can be difficult, but being involved in decision-making helps patients feel less anxious about their journey. To learn more about the Cancer Services at Baptist Beaumont Hospital, visit www.bhset.net or call (409) 212-5922.