FAQs

Prostate Cancer: FAQs

There are no definite ways to prevent prostate cancer, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of getting the disease.

Yes. The cure rate for prostate cancer is very high because almost all men are diagnosed in the early stages. Most men diagnosed in the early stages are disease-free after five, ten and 15 years.

Radiation is used as a non-surgical primary treatment for prostate cancer. It is also used in conjunction with other types of treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. If and when cancer recurs, radiation is often prescribed to help tackle the new cancerous cells. Cancer centers such as Mat-Su Valley offer several different tools to expose cancerous cells to high-energy x-rays. The radiation can destroy the cancerous cells, slowing down the tumor growth. If the radiation is delivered through a machine, it is called external radiation. This type of radiation is usually administered daily in an outpatient clinic setting for several weeks. Internal radiation indicates a treatment process where tiny radioactive seeds are inserted inside the tumor or the tumor cavity and release the radiation into the tumor. A brief hospital stay is usually required for this type of radiation. Once you consult with your urologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist, you’ll be able to compile the most successful treatments available.

After you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center and schedule your first consultation. We will meet with you to evaluate your specific situation and explain the various treatment types available to you. We are the only comprehensive radiation oncology center in Palmer to offer the most advanced Clinac iX treatment, external beam radiation therapy, TrueBeam treatment, internal radiation therapy and tomotherapy treatment options from one outpatient cancer center. No matter what treatment we are using, our radiation oncologists, physicists, and dosimetrists will work as a team to develop the most effective treatment plan for you.

If prostate cancer is not detected early, the cancer can grow and spread through your lymph nodes and bloodstream to other parts of the body such as your bones or liver. This is called metastatic prostate cancer, not bone or liver cancer.

Side effects of radiation therapy depend on the type. With all radiation treatments there is a potential for: constipation, urinary retention or incontinence, blood in stool, injury to rectal or bladder wall, erectile dysfunction. Discuss your specific case with your Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center radiation oncologist to make sure you fully understand any potential risks of your treatment.

Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center treatments for prostate cancer are approved with Medicare, and we are a preferred in-network provider with most HMO, IPA and Private Insurances. Our team will verify coverage with your insurance before any consultation or treatments begin.

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