If cancer has spread far from your prostate, your health care provider may suggest radiation. Prostate cancer often spreads to the bones. Radiation can help ease pain caused by cancer spreading to the bone. It can ease other symptoms.

The radiation is most often given in one or a few visits. The treatment is like having an x-ray. It uses high-energy beams to kill tumors. New radiation techniques focus on cancer cells while saving nearby healthy tissue. Many use computers to map the prostate. They target radiation just where it is needed. New software allows better planning and targeting of radiation doses.

These methods are expected to improve the success of radiation therapy. And they reduce side effects. Studies are being done to find out which radiation methods are best for which men.

Updated August 2018

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Use the Advocacy Connector to search director listing of national and select state resources for patients and caregivers, including helplines, support, clinical trials information, and financial, legal and insurance assistance.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

Your urologist may be able to refer you to medical professionals and counselors who specialize in erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer. AASECT also has a directory you can use to find a certified sex therapist near you.

Caregiver Action Network

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Hormone Health Network

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National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN Foundation)

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Patient Advocacy Foundation

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