At OUI, our Radiation Center is the only facility in Oregon focused exclusively on prostate cancer. This single focus allows us to tailor the latest technology available specifically for prostates. We use only IGRT, a cutting-edge delivery method for external beam radiation, widely accepted as the standard of care.
The process starts with a procedure similar to a biopsy, where a local anesthetic is injected followed by the placement of permanently implanted gold targets (also called markers or fiducials) directly into the prostate or surgical bed. With the fiducials in place the patient is positioned exactly as if they were receiving a treatment and images are obtained using the CT scanner. Using this information, our radiation oncologist and his staff of specialists then design a treatment plan where each radiation beam is customized to your individual anatomy. Multiple angles are used to focus the delivered radiation on the targeted body parts, while sparing the normal tissue in the same body region.
Technological advancements in the delivery of radiation have gotten this treatment modality to the point where long-term cure rates for prostate cancer are very similar for radiation and surgery. Randomized studies have shown that higher radiation doses result in a higher likelihood of cure. We use only dose-escalated IGRT so that the maximum dose of radiation can be safely delivered.
A diagnosis of prostate cancer can leave you feeling overwhelmed with oceans of information and difficult choices. However, it is our goal to be here for you and provide you with objective opinions to help you decide on the best course of treatment. During the consultation process our Radiation Oncologist will carefully review your records and help answer all your questions without pressuring you into making a treatment decision at that time. As an Oregon Urology Institute physician he will work closely with your Urologist and as a team help you decide on the best course of treatment for you. Regardless of your treatment preference, you can count on Oregon Urology Institute to be with you every step of the way.
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