Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer
When you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, your first instinct may be to get the cancer out as quickly as possible. However, many treatments for prostate cancer can cause long-term side effects and proton therapy may be able to reduce those risks. When patients come for a consultation, our team discusses all treatments for prostate cancer, including surgery, other forms of radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and active surveillance.
Prostate cancer forms in the prostate, the muscular, walnut-sized gland that's located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The precision of proton therapy can target the tumor and reduce damage to the surrounding tissue, which in turn may reduce side effects such as urinary complications and impotence.
Northwestern Medicine Proton Center is one of the few proton therapy centers throughout the Midwest and the only one in Illinois. Our team is dedicated to explaining all of your treatment options for prostate cancer and facilitating a conversation with you and your physician or oncologist to determine the best treatment option for you.
To learn if you can benefit from proton therapy, call 1.877.887.5807 or fill out our online form.