About the Prostate Treatment Process

Benefits of proton therapy

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.

For the general population, side effects are few but some realize that this treatment can have consequences. For some, the side effects are serious.

Below you find helpful information on what to expect during your proton therapy treatment. It includes steps taken to prepare you for treatment and the most common side effects.

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.

Urinary dysfunction — Long-term urinary complications, such as incontinence, are reported to be very small, if any, of the men treated with proton therapy.

Scientific Evidence

Read more scientific evidence about proton therapy and prostate cancer from MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center's published research.

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