Locally-advanced Prostate Cancer

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy damages and kills cells and is used to attack cancer cells. It can be done with external beam radiation therapy or brachytherapyProstate cancer cells are generally responsive to radiation therapy. Because of advances in radiation therapy techniques, it has become an effective treatment for locally-advanced prostate cancer. Your doctor may also recommend radiation therapy after radical prostatectomy.

To improve the results of the treatment, your doctor may recommend hormonal therapy together with the radiation therapy. This is known as combination therapy for prostate cancer. A course of hormonal therapy generally lasts 2-3 years.

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Read more about radiation therapy, how to prepare, and what to expect during and after the treatment. This section shows an illustration of external beam radiation and brachytherapy.