How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer?  

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.
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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If prostate cancer is diagnosed, should I have active surveillance, radiotherapy or surgery?

Ask your doctor. The answer to the ustinov depends on many factors including age, general health, gleason score, psa level, your preference given the different side effects of he different treatments. This needs to be discussed with your urologist. Read more...
It depends. Studies suggest that there is no one answer for everyone. Get multiple opinions. Remember surgeons will tend to recommend surgery, radiation therapist will tend to recommend radiation and nihilistswill recommend doing nothing. Take your time and do your research. Prostate cancer is slooooooow growing. It probably took over 10 years to manifest itself. 6 months of deliberation is not unreasonable. Read more...
TX for Prostate ca. You should choose based on the sideeffects of treatment and how these would impact ur lifestyle.Observation is used for stable psa, older pts with other health issues.Surgery or xrtare both good options with very different se.Discuss these with ur doctor or find a doctor who can still speak english to explain ur options.Its a big decision and i like my pts to be happy with whatever they choose. Read more...

My dad has prostate cancer and has been having radiotherapy for 3 months now. How much longer?

Visit his physician. His radiation therapy will be completed soon and you can make sure your visiting with your father with his radiation oncologist physician and can get all your answers from his radiation oncologist. Read more...

How is estrogen used to treat prostate cancer? I thought that was only found in women!

Not used. Estrogen used to be a treatment for prostate cancer many years ago but is no longer used to due increased side effects and complications. Newer agents are now used that are not estrogen based but are male hormone blockers. Read more...
Suppress testosteron. You are right, estrogen is a female hormone and is used to suppress production of the male hormone (testosterone) and has negative effect on prostate cancer cells. Read more...
Estrogen and pca. Years ago it was used to treat prostate ca but it has too many cardiac risks and is no longer used given other treatment options. Read more...

What test is used to confirm prostate cancer is gone?

PSA. Treated prostate cancer is monitored for recurrence of tumor by blood test psa elevations , occasionally by pet scan. Read more...
PSA. Psa is an excellent way to monitor response to most prostate cancer treatments. After surgery, the ideal result would be less than 0.01 ng/dl. After radiation, a low (less than 0.5 to 1), stable level indicates a good result. A discussion with your doctor regarding your specific situation is most important since every case is unique. Read more...

How is radiation used to treat prostate cancer?

Causes DNA break. Radiation causes a double-stranded dna break in the target (prostate). High dose of radiation to the target causes prostate to turn in to a non functioning organ. Radiation can be given from the outside called external beam radiation using x-rays or protons or it can be given from the inside using high dose rate or low dose rate (seeds) brachytherapy. Read more...
Two Main Effects. Radiation treatments help to kill prostate cancer through two pathways: immediate dna damage and longer-term blood vessel blockage. Cancer cells reproduce more often, so dna inside them can be damaged more easily. Using hormone manipulation, this effect can be maximized. Over time, the arteries irradiated clog from thickening of their walls from the xrays. This starves the cancer, killing it. Read more...

What is prostate cancer?

Here are some... While the cells of local tissues lose their "mind" by mutation and start to replicate incessantly without knowing when to stop, a cancer emerges; so does the cancer in prostate gland. More details in prostate cancer & its related issues such as its detection, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up, go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onPSA-P-Ca.html. Then, you know a lot of how-to... Best. Read more...

Causes of prostate cancer?

Three Main Things. At this time, there are no known direct causes for prostate cancer. Three factors are known. As men age, the risk for prostate cancer increases. Race also plays a role in risk (aa > whites > asians). Men with a primary relative(father, brother) are at the most increased risk for developing the disease. At 40, a rectal exam and psa blood test are the best way to start screening. Read more...
Prostate cancer. Prostate cancer has many different potential causes. Older age, family history, and being an african american all increase the possibility thant a man may develop prostate cancer. Other causes include a high fat diet and exposure to agent orange. Recent research suggest that certain infections of the prostate may also increase the risk of prostate cancer. Read more...

Symtoms of prostate cancer?

Non-specific. Autopsies of elderly men who die of multiple causes often discloses an occult prostate cancer, meaning that some cancers never cause any symptoms at all. Others will cause the same symptoms of benign prostate enlargement (frequent urination, getting up at nite to pee, hesitancy, etc.). Once the cancer spreads to the bone, pain can develop. Read more...
Asymptomatic. Prostate cancer at its early stages is generally without symptoms or warning signs. As prostate cancer grows, it may cause urinary obstructive symptoms. In advanced stages with bone metastasis it may present with bone pain. Read more...

What causes prostate cancer?

Multifactorial. There is not a definitive cause of prostate cancer. However, there are many associated risk factors which include age, race, lifestyle, medications, and genetics, to name a few. Read more...
Risk for prostate CA. No one knows the cause but there are several things that increase risk: age(over 65), race(african american have increase while asian have decrease), family history, location(living north of 40' latitude..Decrease vit d?), smoking(with aggressive prostate cancer), diet(increase calcium and lack of veggies) agent orange, and lack of exercise. Read more...
Prostate cancer. In brief, we do not know what cause prostate cancer but researchers found some risk factors that may lead to prostate cancer such as inherited DNA mutation of certain genes cause about 5% to 10% of prostate cancer and acquired DNA mutation of some genes also a risk factor and high level of some hormone such as testosterone or insulin-like growth factor-1 also is a risk factor for prostate cancer. Read more...