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Prostate Cancer Patients Benefit from Cutting-Edge Radiation Treatment

Sep 13, 2021, 12:08 PM by OnCenter

Radiation oncologist Justin Voog, MD, PhD and our highly-trained radiation therapy team now offer an advance treatment for prostate cancer called  stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The innovative technique use Ridley-Tree’s world-class linear accelerators to safely and effectively deliver powerful doses of radiation to the exact location of the tumor, targeting cancer cells while minimizing effects on surrounding tissues. “This minimally-invasiveoutpatient procedure addresses the tumor from multiple angles and allows the physician to adjust for tumor movementin near-real time,” explains Dr. Voog. The 30-minute procedure only requires five sessions instead of eight weeks ofconventional radiation therapy, resulting in faster recovery times. All SBRT patients receive Space OAR injectable hydrogel prior to treatment to create space between the rectum and the prostate, preventing some of the negative side effects that could result from the radiation. The team incorporates a CT simulation scan as well as image-guided radiotherapy to achieve a high-level of precision during the treatment. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the organization that accredited Ridley-Tree’s Radiation Therapy Department, lists SBRT as the standard of care for low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer

Dr. Voog has years of experience using advanced radiation techniques like SBRT. While he treats patients with all types of cancer, he has a special interest in prostate/genitourinary malignancies. He earned his medical degree from the University of California San Diego and completed his internship training at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, followed by a residency at Harvard’s Radiation Oncology Program. Prior to joining Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Dr. Voog held academic appointments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To learn more about SBRT and all of the advanced radiation oncology treatment options at Ridley-Tree, visit our website radiationoncology.ridleytreecc.org.