Proton Therapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Proton therapy is the most advanced and precise form of radiation therapy, making it one of the most important prostate cancer options. With protons, a high dose of radiation can be delivered directly to the tumor, while sparing much of the adjacent bladder and rectum from unnecessary radiation. Studies have shown that of all the prostate treatment options, treating prostate cancer with proton therapy results in excellent rates of cancer control with very low rates of serious bowel or bladder complications.2
Your physician may also complete a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, in which a blood sample is collected and analyzed for PSA, a substance naturally produced by the prostate gland. If a higher than normal level of PSA is found, it may indicate various prostate issues, including cancer.
After completing these tests, a doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a prostate biopsy to determine whether or not cancer is present.