Radiation is most often used along with other prostate cancer treatments, like surgery or chemotherapy.
Your doctor may advise radiation to:
- Serve as the main treatment, sometimes along with hormone therapy.
- Kill any remaining small areas of cancer following a surgery.
- Treat a single area of cancer spread, such as a bone lesion.
- Relieve symptoms such as paincaused by a spread of cancer.
Hormonal therapy reduces androgen levels in the body or keeps androgens from reaching prostate cancer cells. Testosterone is the main male hormone and by blocking its action, hormone therapy may block the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Hormone therapy is often used short-term in combination with radiation treatment to increase cure rates of radiation and may be used in cases when the cancer has spread to slow the progression of disease. Hormone therapy may consist of medicines that block production of testosterone in the body or block the action of testosterone in the body.
For more information on diagnosis, treatment and more of prostate cancer, visit our prostate cancer information pages below.