Management of Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer
September 01, 1996
Over the last 10 years, we have learned more about not only the natural history of untreated locally advanced prostate cancer but also the ways in which we can effectively modify radiation therapy to treat this disease. There are now sufficient data to suggest that patients with prostate cancer that is considered locally advanced (stages T2b to T4) have a propensity for the development of lymph node metastasis and occult distant spread. In these patients, there also is a recognized difficulty in controlling the disease locally with radiation, due to the bulk of tumor present and the surrounding dose-limiting, late-reacting normal tissues.