Penn Radiation Oncology Doylestown is an outpatient radiation treatment program located in The Pavilion on the main campus of Doylestown Hospital. As a Penn Medicine satellite location, we are equipped with the most advanced technology including a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which is a computer-controlled device that delivers radiation therapies or radiotherapies.
Doylestown Health urologists work closely as a team with board-certified Penn radiation oncologists to treat your prostate cancer using advanced, precisely focused, high-energy rays, similar to X-rays, to target cancer in the prostate. Targeted radiation therapies limit radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue to minimize side effects such as urinary incontinence, bowel problems or sexual dysfunction. Therapies include:
- External beam radiation therapy (EBRT): This treatment comes from a machine that aims radiation at your cancer and rotates around you in many directions. The radiation is aimed specifically at the affected area, not the rest of your body.
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): This treatment uses a 3-dimensional radiation therapy and computer-generated images to show the size and shape of the tumor. Thin beams of radiation at varying intensities target the tumor from many angles while reducing damage to healthy tissue near the tumor.
- Proton therapy: Patients who qualify may be evaluated and referred to Penn Medicine’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Proton therapy is a non-invasive, highly precise cancer treatment that uses protons at high speeds to destroy the DNA of cancer cells, killing them and preventing them from multiplying. The Proton Therapy Center is the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in the world and the only proton therapy center that is fully integrated with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center.