Options for External Radiation

An alternative treatment for localized prostate cancer is external beam radiation therapy. This can be done using Photons or Protons. It is administered using 3-Dimensional (3-D), Intensity Modulated (IMRT) or Stereotactic techniques. The treatment is performed by having the patient lie on a special table and directing an invisible beam to the proper area of the body. The amount of radiation delivered has changed in the last ten years. Also, hormone therapy has been studied in combination with radiation with different results for men with low risk compared to intermediate or high risk disease. Videos are included describing each of these options. (Updated May, 2012)