Is radiation a good option for prostate cancer?

Is prostate cancer radiation effective?

Radiation therapy is an effective treatment that kills prostate cancer cells by using high energy rays or particles. The radiation can be delivered in several ways, including brachytherapy (using seeds that are implanted in the patient’s body) and external beam radiation that projects the energy through the skin.

What is the life expectancy after prostate radiation?

Based on the natural history of localized prostate cancer, the life expectancy (LE) of men treated with either radical prostatectomy (RP) or definitive external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT) should exceed 10 years.

What happens to the prostate after radiation?

After radiotherapy or brachytherapy, your PSA should drop to its lowest level (nadir) after 18 months to two years. Your PSA level won’t fall to zero as your healthy prostate cells will continue to produce some PSA. Your PSA level may actually rise after radiotherapy treatment, and then fall again.

What happens if I refuse radiation treatment?

Patients who refuse recommended adjuvant radiation therapy have unacceptably high rates of local recurrence. Omission of radiation for advanced age alone is associated with local recurrence rates comparable to those for younger patients.

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Can you live 10 years with metastatic prostate cancer?

Of the 794 evaluable patients, 77% lived < 5 years, 16% lived 5 up to 10 years, and 7% lived > or = 10 years. Factors predicting a statistical significant association with longer survival (P < 0.05) included minimal disease, better PS, no bone pain, lower Gleason score, and lower PSA level.

Can you live 20 years with prostate cancer?

Men with Gleason 7 and 8 to 10 tumors were found to be at high risk of dying from prostate cancer. After 20 years, only 3 of 217 patients survived. Men with moderate-grade disease have intermediate cumulative risk of prostate cancer progression after 20 years of follow-up.

How many radiation treatments are needed for prostate cancer?

Generally, about 1 to 4 brief treatments are given over 2 days, and the radioactive substance is removed each time. After the last treatment the catheters are removed. For about a week after treatment, you may have some pain or swelling in the area between your scrotum and rectum, and your urine may be reddish-brown.

Where does sperm go after prostatectomy?

After radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) or cystectomy (removal of the bladder), a man will no longer produce any semen because the prostate and seminal vesicles have been removed. The testicles still make sperm cells, but then the body simply reabsorbs them.

What is the life expectancy with a Gleason score of 8?

Walsh and associates recently reported on the long-term survival for men with Gleason 8–10 adenocarcinoma who underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy. In this series, the 5-, 10-, and 15-year biochemical disease-free survival was 47%, 29%, and 15% respectively.

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Can the prostate grow back?

If someone has a prostate enlargement at 50 years weighing more than 50 grams, he might have the potential for the prostate to regrow even after surgery and this propensity increases with larger prostates of more than 80-90 grams, as they tend to recur with age mostly five to ten years later.