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Prostate

Depending on several factors, prostate cancer treatment options can range from monitoring the tumor to radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland). Determining factors for treatment options may include age and general health of the patient, stage and grade of the cancer, physical symptoms and an evaluation of the side effects associated with the different procedures.

McLaren offers all the most up to date treatment options to address prostate cancer:

Treatment Options

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is often used to treat prostate cancer and breast cancer. With this form of treatment, cancer specialists place radioactive "seeds" at the site of the tumor. These "seeds" can be temporary when used at high doses, or permanent when used at low doses.

In both types of brachytherapy, the radiation is directed to the cancer at the tumor site, enhancing cancer control while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissue and vital organs.

Prostate "seed" implants can be permanent, delivering a dose of radiation during a period up to one year.

MammoSite® and Contura Targeted Radiation Therapy are forms of brachytherapy used to treat breast cancer. It enables eligible women to be treated for five days instead of five to seven weeks, enhancing access to treatment for busy patients or those who live far from a cancer center.

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External Beam Radiation

External Beam Radiation Therapy focuses on the cancer from outside of the body. The treatment process is much like having an x-ray but for a longer period of time. Before the treatment begins a member from the treatment team will make ink marks on the skin that will be used to make sure the patient receives EBRT in the same spot every time. EBRT is typically used to treat early stages of cancer and to help relieve bone pain if cancer spreads to areas in the bone. Treatment takes place in an outpatient center five days per week usually over the course of seven to nine weeks. The actual procedure lasts only a couple of minutes and is painless.

External beam radiation treatment capabilities that improve accuracy and provide better patient outcomes with fewer side effects. External beam can include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is a high precision 3D radiotherapy that uses computer controlled linear accelerators to deliver the radiation to the tumor or to specific areas of the tumor. The IMRT treatment allows high doses of radiation to be administered to the tumor or to regions within the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding tissue and organs. A computer moves around the patient while delivering beams of radiation that comes from different angles and intensities to produce a custom radiation dose to the prostate tumor.

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