Prostate cancer is the most frequent diagnosis treated in proton centres all over the world. The reason for this is the high degree of curability, an effort to reduce late, unwanted side effects and an emphasis on the quality of life.
Particle radiotherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer achieves the best dose distributions among available radiotherapeutic techniques; prospective non-randomised studies have proven its high effectiveness and very low toxicity, which has also been confirmed in the group of patients treated at the PTC.
Many men refuse testing or treatment for prostate cancer, this is due to the side-effects related to cancer treatments, but delaying testing will result in harder to treat cancer. Make sure you know all there is to know about various treatments and side-effects before you choose a treatment.
Not all men will get symptoms, but if they’re concerned or have a family history make sure you refer them for tests. There is no current screening programme to detect this cancer, however there’s a blood test readily available on the NHS to test the PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) score which detects signs of prostate cancer.
Contraindications for Proton Radiotherapy
- Metastasis (the cancer has spread from its primary location to other organs)
- Metal/ceramic parts in the radiation field
- Metal hip replacement implants
- Presence of a pacemaker
Benefits of Proton Therapy
The most important aspect of treating prostate cancer is to destroy the cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
Reduced risk of incontinence
Radiation to the bladder and surrounding areas can cause incontinence, erectile dysfunction etc. Proton therapy limits the radiation to the tumour itself, increasing the chances of avoiding urinary complications such as involuntary leakage.
Reduced risk of erectile dysfunction
Surgery for prostate cancer can result in erectile dysfunction, which is one of the most common side effects. Due to proton therapy’s targeted approach, studies have found that patients who’ve had proton therapy have a significantly reduced risk of impotence, with 94% of men reporting that they remain sexually active.
Fewer gastrointestinal side effects
Multiple studies have found that proton therapy reduces the risk of gastrointestinal side effects in comparison with IMRT and other radiation techniques. This is because proton therapy significantly decreases the radiation dose to gastrointestinal structures.
Painless, with reduced recovery time
Proton therapy is a relatively painless, non-invasive outpatient procedure. It does not require recovery time and has little or no impact on a patient’s energy levels.
To learn more about proton therapy for prostate cancer, or to find out if you are a suitable candidate for treatment at our centre, contact us today. Our team will get back to you with a detailed response as soon as possible.
* Suitability for treatment at our centre must be determined by our medical team.