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Fox Chase - Home to the Nation's Most Experienced
Fox Chase physicians pioneered the state-of-the-art treatments available today, including IMRT and brachytherapy.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced external beam radiotherapy available.
- Brachytherapy is the use of low-dose rate permanent seed implants and high-dose rate temporary implants.
Newer radiation treatments are effective at killing cancer cells, while minimizing the occurrence of urinary, bowel and sexual problems.
Radiation therapy is often selected as primary treatment for both localized (cancer confined to the prostate) and locally advanced prostate cancer (cancer has spread within the region but has not reached the lymph nodes), depending on several key factors, including your stage of prostate cancer.
Radiotherapy Provides Equal Results to Surgery
For patients with early-stage disease, radiotherapy provides equal outcomes to surgery. Radiation oncologists deliver radiotherapy by external beam (like an X-ray) called IMRT or brachytherapy (implanted radioactive seeds) to treat prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy following treatment with radiation may be recommended for larger or more aggressive tumors because of the high risk that the cancer has spread outside the prostate.