Radiation for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in men. After the age of 50, a person’s risk for developing prostate cancer significantly increases. If you have prostate cancer and want to receive the highest quality of care from the leading radiation oncologist in Central NJ, contact Dr. Eric Karp at Rahway Regional Cancer Center by calling 732-382-5550.

What is Prostate Cancer?

The prostate gland is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Its primary job is to produce some of the seminal fluids involved in ejaculation. While the prostate is normally the size of a walnut, it can grow to be much larger. When abnormal cells start growing out of control in the prostate, cancer can develop.

Prostate cancer typically develops slowly, and most men don’t experience any symptoms at first. As the disease progresses, common symptoms may include:

  • Burning or painful urination
  • More frequent urges to go at night
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Decreased flow or velocity
  • Trouble starting or stopping while urinating
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Swelling or pain in the legs or pelvic area

Treating Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer treatment depends on the stage and type of tumor and the patient’s medical history. Options may include surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and radiation therapy. Radiation is often part of the first line of treatment and is also used to treat advanced and recurring cases.

There are three main types of radiation for prostate cancer, and all are offered at Rahway Regional Cancer Center. They are:

  • External beam radiation
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Image guided radiation therapy

During radiation therapy, Dr. Eric Karp utilizes state-of-the-art technology to target the prostate gland with targeted high-energy rays. Because it’s targeted, most patients experience minimal side effects and are able to continue doing normal activities throughout treatment.

Call Dr. Eric Karp

Dr. Eric Karp is one of the best radiation oncologists in the county with unmatched credentials. He’s committed to providing personalized, high-quality care to every person who walks through the doors. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, get the treatment you deserve – call 732-382-5550 to schedule an appointment at Rahway Regional Cancer Center today.