It is possible to give Radical Radiotherapy in three ways:
- External beam radiation - high-energy x-ray beams are aimed at the prostate from outside the body.
- Conformal Radiotherapy - is a modification of external beam radiotherapy but is a more targeted approach. It tries to minimise the radiation to the surrounding areas.
- Brachytherapy - is the use of radioactive implants which are placed in the prostate. There are two types of brachytherapy that can be used for different stages of prostate cancer.
Who are these Treatments Suitable For?
As with surgery, radical radiotherapy is recommended for those men with a life expectancy of 10 years or more. It is a good option for men whose cancer is at the stage where it can be treated radically but who are not fit enough to have an operation. It also provides a radical option for men who do not want to undergo surgery.
Radiotherapy carries its own risks and side-effects which you must consider before making this choice.
Some doctors like to administer a hormone drug before starting radical radiotherapy