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Adding radiation to hormone therapy for prostate cancer treatment will increase survival chances
Date:10/25/2010

years, there are still many patients treated with hormone therapy alone.

This multicenter, randomized trial examined the effects of external beam radiation treatment added to lifelong androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer patients who had a high risk of the cancer returning after treatment.

During external beam radiation therapy, radiation beams are directed through the skin to the prostate and the immediate surroundings to destroy the main tumor and any nearby cancer cells. The treatments are outpatient and generally painless, much like receiving an X-ray. Side effects most often reported are mild bowel and bladder problems. Patients typically do not experience hair loss or nausea like with some other treatments.

Androgen deprivation therapy is hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer by lowering the level of male hormones (androgens) to shrink the prostate or slow down the growth of prostate cancer.

"This study is practice changing as it highlights the importance of radiation in the treatment of high-risk prostate cancer patients and clearly demonstrates its benefits," Dr. Mason said. "It shows that the standard treatment for these patients should now be hormone therapy plus radiation."


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Contact: Beth Bukata
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703-839-7332
American Society for Radiation Oncology
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