The Latest Research for You: Prostate Cancer Red Journal 2018
At the most recent ASTRO Conference, I attended a seminar that compared the use of brachytherapy alone vs. external beam radiation therapy in combination with brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer. The theory being that giving this combination would effectively deliver an additional dose of radiation to the tissues surrounding the prostate where the seeds cannot reach.
The researchers evaluated the side effects of these two different treatment techniques and how they affected a patient’s quality of life.
Patients were evaluated at 4 and 24 months after treatment. Results show that both at 4 months and at 24 months after treatment, side effects, such as burning during urination, frequency of urination, incontinence, diarrhea and bloody stool, were greater in the group that received the combination of external beam radiation with brachytherapy.
Dr. Ackerman’s Takeaways:
This Red Journal Article is linked here for your convenience: https://www.redjournal.org/article/S0360-3016(18)31104-0/fulltext
Read more about treating prostate cancer with proton therapy: https://theijpt.org/doi/full/10.14338/IJPT-16-00006.1
For more information on the type of radiation treatments we offer, please visit Ackerman Cancer Center’s prostate section or call us at (904) 880-5522.