MRI an Aid to Cure Prostate Cancer While Preserving Quality of Life

MRI an Aid to Cure Prostate Cancer While Preserving Quality of Life
Because the prostate gland is a tiny organ surrounded by other critical body structures, it is a challenge to deliver radiation treatments for prostate cancer without causing collateral damage to surrounding tissues. This damage can sometimes result in new problems such as erectile dysfunction and bladder or rectal irritation, with the hoped-for cure coming at a steep cost in diminished quality of life. McLaughlinP"We always have to keep cure as our first priority, but quality of life is a major secondary concern for men with prostate cancer," says Patrick W. McLaughlin, M.D., a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. UMMSHappily, recent refinements in radiotherapy technology are making it increasingly possible to achieve a new standard of successful prostate cancer treatment cure and still maintain quality of life for the patient. McLaughlin is senior author of a paper published in the journal Lancet Oncology that describes how MRI combined with a clear understanding of functional anatomy, and its
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