Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy for prostate cancer have become one of the best treatment options for localized prostate cancer. Excellent results have been seen in over 95% of patients selected at an early stage of the disease.
These treatments for prostate cancer does not present the risks of traditional surgery and has the advantage of being a short treatment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the Radiotherapy for prostate cancer?
With local anesthesia, needles containing radioactive sources are placed inside the prostate. The needles are removed permanently leaving the radioactive sources. It is a painless technique that does not cause great inconvenience to the patient. Brachytherapy has very few side effects.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (with a circulation of 230,000 copies per day), Doctor Benjamí Guix, director of the IMOR Radiotherapy Hospital in Barcelona, answers several questions about the effectiveness of radiotherapy (brachytherapy) for prostate cancer.
What is the average age of patients who decide to perform radiotherapy for prostate cancer (brachytherapy)?
The average age of patients who decide to perform radiotherapy for prostate cancer (brachytherapy) is around 65 years. However, it is increasingly common for younger patients to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Early diagnosis greatly improves the results obtained: the treatment becomes more effective and with fewer side effects.
How long does it take to confirm that prostate cancer has been eradicated?
Radiotherapy for prostate cancer (brachytherapy) treatment is effective from the first day it is applied. However, to check the effectiveness, the patient must wait a short time. Periodic blood tests should be performed to determine the level of PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen). It is recommended that the first test be performed the first six months after undergoing prostate brachytherapy. Over the next five years, the value of PSA should decrease gradually.
Can relapsed patients benefit from radiotherapy for prostate cancer (brachytherapy)?
A relapsed prostate cancer patient can undergo with excellent results what is called lifesaving brachytherapy. It is a very focused brachytherapy with few side effects. Following this technique, there is a high probability that the tumor will not appear again.
Which specialists are involved in a brachytherapy session?
Brachytherapy of the prostate is achieved through the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of approximately 10 professionals. The team is made up of anesthesiologists, urologists, physicists, technicians and specialists in radiotherapy. The medical procedure lasts an hour and a half. It is performed in an operating room. The scalpel is not used. This is an outpatient procedure; the patient can go home the same day.
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