If you’re a man diagnosed with prostate cancer, request a referral to see a Radiation Oncologist. A radiation oncologist can treat prostate cancer, non-invasively, with less risk of urinary leakage and erectile dysfunction.
Prostate cancer is typically slow growing and men have time to educate themselves on treatment options. For younger men, in good health, removal of the prostate may make sense as they are typically able to recover from the surgery. For older men, or men with more advanced disease, radiation therapy can provide a non-invasive treatment and often avoid urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
In my practice, I emphasize that radiation and surgery have the same cure rate, it is really identifying the treatment that suits your needs. At Erlanger we offer treatment using the Cyberknife ™ in as little as 5 treatments for men with cancer confined to the prostate. My patients have minimal downtime and fewer side effects due to the accuracy and precision of the treatment. For men who are a not a candidate for the Cyberknife, I deliver radiation courses that range from 5 -8 weeks that safely allow us to treat a larger area, including the pelvic lymph nodes. In addition, I can discuss the benefits of proton radiation and offer referral to a proton center if needed.
I encourage all my patients to meet with myself and a urologist so they understand all their options.