Recently, several studies have shown that proton therapy is an especially effective prostate cancer treatment method, and one that causes few long-term side effects.
This year, the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) published a survey that found that for low and intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients treated with proton therapy, 97 percent reported no recurrences of the disease. A 2014 University of Florida study found that 99 percent of similar patients were cancer-free after 5 years.
While other treatment options can impact urinary and bowel function, proton therapy patients in the NAPT study showed almost no urinary or bowel symptoms when compared to control group members who never received treatment. The University of Florida study reported no patients who experienced permanent incontinence or rectal side effects, which can occur with other treatment forms.
In the NAPT study, 98 percent of respondents believed they had selected the best treatment option.