Benefits of Using Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Prostate cancer is the second most common type and the leading cause of cancer death among American men. It occurs when the cells in the prostate grow and multiply in an uncontrolled manner.
To treat prostate cancer, traditional radiation therapy and surgery are performed. However, these treatments also carry the risk of serious toxicity and negative side effects, such as diarrhea, rectal discomfort, fatigue, and sexual and bowel function problems. These side effects have a potential long-term impact, making it more difficult for people to decide whether to undergo treatment or not.
Fortunately, some centers are now using proton treatment for prostate cancer. Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy that can target and destroy the tumor while avoiding unnecessary radiation to nearby healthy tissues and vital organs. It is ideal for treating prostate cancer as it offers very …