Think of 6 men that you know. One of them could be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. “Fortunately, this disease is very curable if captured in its early stages,” says Dr. Constantine Mantz, a radiation oncologist on the medical staff of Lee Memorial Health Sysytem.
Because of the increased rates in diagnosis in the past few years, researchers are hard at work trying to understand it and new technology is helping in that effort. “We see these improvements both in radiation therapy and surgery as the years progress,” adds Dr. Mantz.
Truebeam is the latest technology to surface. Radiation beams within this machine are designed to accurately target tumors with extreme precision, in faster time, and without harming any healthy organs surrounding the tumor. “This combination of high accuracy and extreme precision makes for the most sophisticated form of radiation therapy available to treat prostate cancer today,” says Dr. Mantz.
Along with the new technology comes better detection tactics in the future. “We also see some improvements in the ability to help distinguish more aggressive prostate cancers from those cancers that are not as aggressive.”
Dr. Mantz along with other radiation oncologists and urologists are not only involved in the research efforts, they have joined forces to form the Prostate Cancer Institute. “We want it to be a start to finish resource of information, help, of treatment for our patients.”
In the meantime, men can take action. Dr. Mantz advises all men over the age of 50 to have a PSA screening every year. For those with a family history, they should start at the age of 40.