The treatment for these two groups used to include internal and external radiation therapy
with chemotherapy, but new studies show that the combination of radiation and chemotherapy with cisplatin and possibly other chemotherapy drugs is most effective.
Exhibit 1-2: Advantages and Disadvantages of External Radiation Therapy
The NCCN Guidelines now require daily image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) for high dose external radiation therapy
Position Correction Guidance Utilizing Real-Time Tracking with the Calypso(R) System for External Radiation Therapy
Delivery in Patients with Localized Prostate Cancer
In addition, IOERT eliminates the traditional delay of external radiation therapy
, which must be scheduled only after the surgery patient has healed.
For example, in prostate cancer, side effects of internal and external radiation therapy
include diarrhea, frequent and painful urination, rectal irritation or bleeding, urinary incontinence and impotence.
Kuske, Phase II trial results were so promising that the National Cancer Institute recently approved a Phase III trial to compare brachytherapy and external radiation therapy
for the treatment of breast cancer.
The 55,000-square-foot facility, featuring four proton treatment rooms, will provide access to as many as 1,500 cancer patients per year in Oklahoma to proton therapy, considered the most advanced form of external radiation therapy
available for treating cancer.