A JOURNEY TO RECOVERY

 

Radiation Therapy is the use of radiation to treat cancer and other problems. Special equipment sends high doses of radiation to the cancer cells or tumor within the prostate with the goal to destroy cancer cells by decreasing their ability to divide. Radiation therapy is a local treatment meant only to affect the part of the body being treated.

 

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high precision radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to the prostate tumor and/or specific areas around the tumor. The radiation dose is designed to conform to the three-dimensional shape of the target volume by modulating or controlling the intensity of the radiation beam. Treatment is carefully planned using CT images of the patient in conjunction with computerized dose calculations to determine the dose intensity pattern that will best conform to the target volume shape. Because the normal tissue dose is reduced to a minimum with the IMRT approach, higher and more effective radiation doses can safely be delivered to tumors with fewer side effects compared with conventional radiotherapy techniques.

 

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is a daily method of target localization using images taken immediately before treatment resulting in a precise targeting of the prostate. Tumor volumes may experience small shifts due to internal organ motion. Accurate daily targeting increases radiation to the tumor and spares normal surrounding tissue. IGRT has many different methodologies. One method utilizes tiny, pure gold markers to localize the prostate. The markers become visible landmarks for prostate location on pre-treatment images. The treatment planning scans with the markers implanted allow the creation of planned target.

 

BENEFITS OF RADIATION THERAPY AT THE UH PROSTATE CANCER CENTER:

  • Fewer short and long term side effect
  • Targets tumors and cancer cells with precision, reducing risk of damage to healthy tissue and cells
  • It improves quality of life during and after treatment
  • A center that treats only prostate cancer with a staff dedicated to your individualized care
  • A family focused approach to your care
  • A center designed for your life style
  • Health care providers who treat the person, not just the disease