Prostate cancer radiotherapy:

Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in
the prostate gland. The prostate is a
small, walnut-sized structure that
makes up part of a man's reproductive
system. It wraps around the urethra,
the tube that carries urine out of the
body.



HORMONE  THERAPY PLUS
RADIATON FOR PROSTATE CANCER
Many prostate cancer patients only get
hormone therapy to block
testosterone, a hormone that helps
prostate cancer grow. A new study
suggests that radiation therapy may
also help the prostate cancer patients.
The study sponsored by the National
Cancer Institute of Canada showed 74
percent of prostate cancer patients
who received both hormones and
radiation were still alive within seven
years of treatment compared to 66
percent of the controls who received
hormones only.



OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Varian's Trilogy system: combines the
capabilities of other external beam
radiation technologies -- including
Cyberknife, Tomotherapy, and Novalis;