Our experienced team of specialists will guide you through the treatment process and answer any of your questions during the prostate treatment process.
In the video, former Proton Therapy Center patient Gene Field shares why he chose proton therapy treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
There are many benefits of proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center including:
- Precise, accurate delivery of even high radiation doses to kill cancerous cells in the prostate
- Minimal impact to surrounding, healthy tissues and vital organs, such as the bladder and rectum
- Less invasive – treatment is painless and requires no downtime
- Provided in a comfortable, outpatient setting with free parking
Below you will find helpful information on common prostate cancer treatment concerns.
Lupron injection — This is usually recommended to patients who have been diagnosed with intermediate risk to high risk prostate cancer before and in conjunction with proton therapy treatment.
ED general — Other than cancer itself, erectile dysfunction is a primary concern of many patients choosing treatment for prostate cancer. Many patients choose proton radiation for this reason alone after hearing stories caused by all other treatments.
ED with hormone therapy — It is important for prospective patients to listen to their doctor carefully if hormonal therapy is suggested for treatment along with proton radiation.
ED without hormone therapy — Any radical therapy for prostate cancer can possibly impact erectile function (proton therapy included), however, the incidence of this can vary significantly between types of therapies as well as individuals.
Hydrogel — Used during treatment to protect the prostate during treatment by acting as a spacer by pushing away the rectum from the prostate. In doing so, physicians are able to maximize radiation to the prostate while reducing radiation exposure and potential damage to the rectum. It can also reduce the total number of treatment sessions. Hydrogel is made of mostly water and is biocompatible. Patients that use the hydrogel will not need to use the balloon, to create the spacer between the rectum and prostate.
Urinary dysfunction — Long-term urinary complications, such as incontinence, are reported to be very small, if any, of the men treated with proton therapy.