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How is external beam radiation therapy used to treat advanced prostate cancer?

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External beam radiation therapy focuses X-rays on your prostate from a machine outside your body. The doctor will direct the radiation right to the gland and adjust the dose to target the cancer without damaging other parts of your body. The treatment takes just a few minutes, and it doesn’t hurt. You’ll probably go in to a clinic and get it five days per week for about seven to nine weeks.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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