Radiation therapy, also sometimes referred to as radiotherapy, is a general term used to describe several types of treatment, including the use of high-powered x-rays, placement of radioactive materials into the body or injection of a radioactive substance into the bloodstream. These various types of radiation treatments are used in a wide range of settings. These circumstances include primary treatment of localized prostate cancer, secondary treatment for cancer recurring within the region of the prostate and for relief of pain and other symptoms related to prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
What are the different types of radiation therapy?
- External beam radiation therapy
- Radionuclide therapy