What If Your Cancer Comes Back After Radiation Therapy?

In May’s Prostate Forum, we’re talking about radiation therapy and what you can do if your cancer comes back after initial radiation therapy.

Dr. Michael J. ZelefskyOur first conversation is with Dr. Michael Zelefsky from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Zelefksy, a key player in the development of the now standard intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), talks about which types of radiation therapy are available to you today and how doctors can help you select which form of radiation therapy is best for your particular cancer. He also discusses newer work with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, which some of you may know under the brand name CyberKnife.

Finally, Dr. Zelefsky explains why so many of you receive hormonal therapy in combination with radiation therapy.

Our next conversation is with Dr. James Eastham, one of Dr. Zelefsky’s colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Eastham is a surgeon who is quite adept at salvage radical prostatectomy after radiation therapy. Men with prostate cancer that recurs after initial radiation therapy come to him to have their prostate gland removed in the hopes of stopping the cancer from spreading.

Dr. James A. EasthamNested within Dr. Eastham’s comments is a remarkably clear and straightforward explanation of why prostate cancer surgery can be so complex in a salvage setting.

Both conversations offer those of you who are newly diagnosed, as well as those of you facing recurrent disease, a solid understanding of the promise and limitations of your options.

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