Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer
We offer the full range of different advanced radiotherapy treatments for prostate cancer. This includes Cyberknife treatment, TomoTherapy, Brachytherapy, and Intensity Modified and Image Guided radiotherapy. This means, together with your clinician, you can choose the approach best suited to your type of prostate cancer, your overall health and preferences.
Radiotherapy at the Birmingham Prostate Clinic is led by Dr Ahmed El-Modir and Dr Dan Ford. Patients will receive their treatment at either Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham or at one of GenesisCare’s 14 centres throughout the UK including Birmingham and Oxford. At GenesisCare patients will have access to world-class cancer care and will experience advanced treatments as standard and personalised care tailored to their needs.
The CyberKnife is a type of radiotherapy which is ground-breaking in terms of the treatment programme. By delivering a much higher dose using highly accurate technology, the CyberKnife reduces the number of treatment sessions required from 37 down to just five.
Brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer involves the use of radioactive seeds to deliver radiotherapy directly into the cancerous prostate gland. The seeds produce low level, continuous radiation for one year, destroying cancerous cells.
TomoTherapy for prostate cancer is a type of radiotherapy which combines the best aspects of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT).The system which delivers radiotherapy (called the linear accelerator) is sited in a ring gantry, like a CT scanner.
External beam radiotherapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells in the prostate to eradicate the disease. A special shielding device in the radiotherapy machine carefully shapes X-ray beams to the size and shape of the prostate ...
Before you are treated, you will be asked to come for a radiotherapy planning session. At the initial appointment you will have a CT scan of the area to be treated. This CT scan allows the oncologist to accurately identify the structures that need treatment and where the beams will be aimed.