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Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Treating Cancer with a Low Risk of Serious Side Effects.

African-American men are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer and they are more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men.

Some studies indicate that African-American men have worse quality of life and worse cure rates following treatment than white men. Questions about the efficacy and potential side effects of currently available therapies forces men to make difficult choices about treatment when diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Proton radiation for prostate cancer treatment offers an alternative, innovative method of radiation treatment intended to lower the risk of prostate cancer treatments and side effects. A study by the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute1 concludes that African-American and white patients had similarly excellent results following proton therapy for prostate cancer. There was no difference detected between the two groups in their cure rates or in their sexual, urinary or bowel function following proton therapy.

For African-Americans, treating prostate cancer with proton therapy offers multiple benefits:

  • Excellent control of tumors, thanks to more precise targeting of radiation.
  • Low risk of damage to healthy tissue surrounding the prostate cancer
  • Excellent quality of life for patients during and after proton therapy.
What Makes Proton Therapy Different?

Protons can be directed to reach only the areas of the body that are affected by cancer. This leads to more accurate therapy, with less risk that healthy tissue will be exposed to radiation - and this can reduce the risk of complications and side effects.

Fewer treatment complications mean that physicians can deliver higher doses of proton radiation to cancer sites, and an increased dose of proton radiation can improve the chances for a successful outcome.

To learn more about your cancer treatment options, and whether proton therapy is right for you, complete the form to the right.

1Bryant, Curtis et al. “Does Race Influence Health-Related Quality of Life and Toxicity Following Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer?” American Journal of Clinical Oncology 39.3 (2016): 261–265. PMC. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

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