Radiation therapy treatment is often used in men with early prostate cancer that hasn’t spread, although it can also be used in combination with other treatments or if your cancer has returned. Radiation therapy may be combined with hormone therapy for high-risk prostate cancers and some unfavourable intermediate risk prostate cancers.
As you may have the option between surgery and radiation therapy treatment, it’s important to talk with your urologist and your radiation oncologist to help you weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options and possible side effects like incontinence and erectile dysfunction, availability and cost to help you make an informed decision about the best treatment for you.
There are many different radiation therapy techniques that may be suitable for your prostate cancer.
External beam radiation therapy
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) is used to treat prostate cancer by delivering highly targeted radiation therapy beams directly to your prostate cancer.
Types of EBRT which can be used for the treatment of prostate cancer include: