Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients

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Cancer group promotes public awareness about radiation therapy

As one of the first steps in its new Public Awareness Campaign to educate the public about how radiation therapy is safely and effectively used to treat cancer, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology has published a new patient information brochure titled "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer, Non-Surgical Options: Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision."

Prostate cancer is the leading type of cancer among American men, with nearly 29,000 men succumbing to the disease in 2003. While more than 220,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, many are not aware of all of the options available to them when it comes to treatment.

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is always difficult and choosing the best form of treatment can be a confusing and daunting task for men and their families. While there are several treatment options for men with prostate cancer, understanding the implications of their choice can be difficult. Recognizing that the array of information can lead to confusion, ASTRO has taken the initiative by developing an up-to-date brochure that patients and physicians can use as a resource when contemplating external beam radiation therapy or seed implants. The brochure also helps patients find support groups and information on clinical trials. "We are absolutely thrilled that we are able to provide this great source of information to both patients and physicians," said Francine Halberg, MD, chair of the ASTRO Communications Committee. "It is so important that men diagnosed with prostate cancer are able to make an informed and educated decision when it comes to choosing the form of treatment they will receive. Radiation therapy is a safe and effective treatment for prostate cancer and recent studies show similar cure rates for all the current treatment options so men should be aware of the options available to them."

Source: www.prostatecancerfoundation.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJTJ8OTF&b=6477  

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