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Radiation is another common option for treating early-stage prostate cancer. It works by using high doses of radiation energy to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing and dividing.

External beam radiation is produced from a machine outside the body. The radiation is aimed at the areas of the prostate where cancer is present. This treatment requires regular sessions, often 5 days per week. The sessions often continue for 7 to 9 weeks.

Brachytherapy [brak-i-THER-uh-pee] uses radioactive implants placed directly into the cancerous tumor. Some implants are permanent. Others are temporary and are removed after the tumor has received enough radiation.

While newer radiation treatment methods may involve less risk, the side effects can affect your everyday activities while you receive treatment. After radiation therapy, there is a low risk of losing urinary control, but the risk of losing sexual function is similar to the risk with surgery. Other potential side effects of radiation include:

  • Fatigue
  • Bowel problems such as diarrhea, blood in the stool, rectal leakage, and an irritated large intestine
Learn about cryotherapy and how it is used to treat prostate cancer

Reference

  1. American Cancer Society. Radiation therapy for prostate cancer. www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/DetailedGuide/prostate-cancer-treating-radiation-therapy. Accessed August 28, 2012.
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Doctors trained in cryotherapy are available in the following regions:

North America
  Canada
  Mexico

South America
  Brazil

Asia Pacific
  China/Hong Kong
  Indonesia
  Malaysia
  Taiwan
Europe & Mediterranean
  Former Yugoslavia
  Italy
  Greece
  Lebanon
  Portugal
  Russia
  Spain
  United Kingdom/Ireland

Please contact International@HealthTronics.com for more information.

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Is cryotherapy right for me?

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please answer the following questions to determine whether cryotherapy may be a treatment option for you.

1. I prefer a quick and minimally invasive treatment option that can destroy my cancer instantly.

Yes No

2. I prefer a treatment option that is designed to preserve the urethra.

Yes No

3. I want my prostate cancer treated in less time, with fewer treatments than external beam radiation, and typically with less recovery time than a radical prostatectomy.

Yes No

4. I have already had my prostate cancer treated with radiation therapy.

Yes No

Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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