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Palliative external radiation therapy for prostate cancer

General

In palliative radiation therapy toward locally advanced hormone resistant prostate cancer or metastases from prostate cancer, external radiation is used. Radiation therapy is performed to reduce pain and decrease the tumor size thereby reducing or removing locoregional problems.

Goal

  • Palliative treatment

Indications

  • Locally advanced hormone resistant tumor (with possible invasion into the bladder and/or bowel)
  • Symptom from skeletal metastases
  • Compression of the spinal cord
  • Other local symptom caused by metastasis 

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