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how is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Many ways: Radiation is a highly effective treatment option for prostate cancer. There are many options which include: external beam radiation therapy with either photons or protons, brachytherapy with either low dose rate seeds or high dose rate brachytherapy, or stereotactic body radiation. You should see a radiation oncologist in consultation to have a discussion about these different options.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
By 2 methods: Standard radiation is used very effectively in early and localised prostate cancers - this is done daily ( mon-fri) for approx 7-8 weeks. For small good risk cancers, radioactive seeds can be implanted in the prostate with very good long term survival results.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in the various stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Survival, but.....: Used to be, the short answer was simply survival risk with stage 1 having the best prognosis and stage IV the worst. While stages 1/2 still have the highest survival rates but improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy and i'd add lifestyle changes, have leveled the playing field greatly. Colon cancer, even advanced is often quite treatable.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can benign prostate diseases be prevented?

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Dr. Howard Tay
Urology 31 years experience
BPH: BPH is usually an inherited trait although some studies have shown a diet high in red-meat and fat content (western diet) can increase the risk as well. The use of medication after the age of 50 such as Finasteride or Dutasteride can slow down bph. Check w your doctor.
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A male asked:

Is the medical profession being overrun w/mediocrity? I just went to a new pcp was referred to a urologist for the prostate exam. Why waste my time?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
In my opinion: And my opinion only, our profession is overrun with bureaucracy, over regulation, administrative burdens and oversight that leads to the frustration i pick up in your statement. Also, seems everybody has an opinion, whether well educated or not. Tell you what, if hippa would allow, you should spend a day with a doctor. After you do, it may be easier for you to understand the crap we put up with.
A 81-year-old member asked:

Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

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Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 37 years experience
It's only for some: Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is used in a very specific clinical situation with prostate cancer--definitely not indicated for everyone. The best treatment depends on the stage and grade of the cancer.
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
It is a complicated and very expensive treatment that has a small benefit for a very small group of patients. Most oncologist nationally use it very infrequently
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Blood out of the mouth mean you have cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not necessarily: Periodontal disease is a more likely cause. However, bleeding anywhere is a cause for concern and you should consult you doctor for an examination and evaluation.

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