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Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Dr. Eric Horwitz is Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase and specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer.Dr. Eric Horwitz is Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase and specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer.

The radiation oncologists at Fox Chase Cancer Center specialize in treating prostate cancer using the latest radiation therapies. Radiation therapy is often selected as primary treatment for both localized (cancer confined to the prostate) and locally advanced prostate cancer (cancer has spread within the region but has not reached the lymph nodes), depending on several key factors, including your stage of prostate cancer.

Limiting Side Effects with SpaceOAR

In some cases, the radiation oncologist may recommend SpaceOAR. SpaceOAR is a gel that can be placed during the treatment planning process.  The gel is inserted between the rectum and the prostate.  This helps to decrease the amount of radiation to the rectum and some other organs around the prostate. The gel will gradually dissolve and is completely gone by about six months later.

Options for prostate cancer radiation therapy include:

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses high-energy X-rays (radiation) to destroy the prostate cancer cells. To minimize effects on surrounding tissues and organs like the bladder and rectum, our team of specialists will target the prostate very precisely. Their goal is to deliver high doses of radiation to the prostate while sparing the normal surrounding organs. 

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