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Prostate Cancer Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before.

Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is an important first step.

Below is an overview of some current treatment options for prostate cancer. Learn more about the various risks and benefits of each option to help start your search.

  • Surgery – If prostate cancer hasn’t spread outside the gland, invasive surgery is often used to remove the prostate.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy – Also known as intensity-modulated radiation therapy or IMRT, this method uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and is administered over several weeks of daily treatments.
  • Brachytherapy – Also known as internal radiation therapy, brachytherapy uses small radioactive pellets, or “seeds,” that are placed directly into the prostate to deliver radiation over a period of several months.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) – This treatment method uses advanced image guidance software to deliver high dose radiation to the prostate cancer with sub millimeter accuracy. Treatment is completed in five or fewer outpatient sessions and results in less radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Austin CyberKnife uses stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer with highly advanced CyberKnife® technology. Treatment with CyberKnife is painless and noninvasive, and is an important option for patients who are not candidates for conventional radiation therapy or surgery. To learn more about treatment options for prostate cancer, view a treatment comparison chart here.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.