Advanced Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Located in the pelvis, surrounded by other sensitive organs, the prostate poses a great challenge for radiation oncologists, who must target the tumors while minimizing doses to surrounding, healthy tissue.
The most advanced facility of its kind in Southern California, Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses precise radiation treatments to help overcome these challenges. Protons deposit their highest radiation directly in tumors, reducing exposure to healthy organs and tissues.
The clinical and scientific teams have more than 90 years of combined experience treating patients with proton therapy. Learn more about the experts at the center.
From diagnosis and treatment to navigation and support, Scripps offers comprehensive cancer care. Learn how proton therapy further complements these services.
Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer Treatment
When treating prostate cancer with radiation, the primary objective is to apply the maximum dose to the tumor, while minimizing exposure to surrounding tissue. Proton therapy can help accomplish this goal. Protons can be programmed to deposit their highest energy directly in the diseased tissue. As a result, less radiation reaches healthy structures near the cancer.
This accuracy is even further enhanced by Scripps’ advanced imaging and pencil beam scanning technology, which focuses a narrow proton beam — smaller than the width of a pencil — to precisely target tumors.
Cancer treatment can be a difficult time for both patients and their families. Understanding this, Scripps offers a wide variety of care to ease the burden. Learn more about the support services available.
What to expect
Each patient’s therapy is precisely tailored to their needs. Patients and clinicians collaborate closely to create a personalized treatment plan. The number and length of treatments will vary, based on the cancer. How patients respond depends on many factors, including the types of treatments they are receiving. Many people tolerate proton therapy well and continue to perform normal activities. However, individual responses vary. Learn more about what to expect during treatment at Scripps Proton Therapy Center.
Proton therapy is a highly precise form of external radiation therapy that can be used for tumor control in select patients. All cancer treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to discuss these, as well as treatment options, with your cancer specialist.
Evidence Supporting Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer
- Comparison of conventional-dose vs high-dose conformal radiation therapy in clinically localized adenocarcinoma of the prostate
- Comparison of high-dose proton radiotherapy and brachytherapy in localized prostate cancer: a case-matched analysis
- Erectile function, incontinence, and other quality of life outcomes following proton therapy for prostate cancer in men 60 years old and younger
- Hypofractionated passively scattered proton radiotherapy for low-and intermediate-risk prostate cancer is not associated with post-treatment testosterone suppression
- Patient-reported long-term outcomes after conventional and high-dose combined proton and photon radiation for early prostate cancer