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BASQUE RESEARCH.COM: The radiation dose given during brachytherapy treatment of low-risk prostate cancer influences patient survival, Spanish researchers have found. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: A US trial combining high dose rate brachytherapy with external beam radiation treatment “marks the arrival of image-guided brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer”, the researchers claim. READ MORE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: This story and picture in today’s Dominion-Post newspaper shows how poor media coverage is on the topic of prostate cancer.

It suggests that brachytherapy radiation treatment – largely available only at a private clinic in Tauranga for about $30,000 – is now fully available to the public at Wellington Hospital.

Is it? The story doesn’t really explain. What kind of brachytherapy are we talking about here?

Hopefully, someone can enlighten us…

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URO TODAY: Radiation dose delivered to the prostate and nearby organs in every brachytherapy procedure should be carefully analysed using post-implant CT or MRI and uniformly documented in every patient, according to new brachytherapy guidelines just issued in the US. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Permanent brachytherapy implants sometimes have a detrimental effect on a patient’s bowel, so German researchers have been looking at whether side effects are any worse 30 days to a year after treatment. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Italian researchers have been studying the effectiveness of treating locally advanced prostate cancer with external beam radiation therapy combined with high-dose-rate brachytherapy as a boost. READ MORE>

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mikeleenzpaPROSTABLOG NZ: Why would anyone say that getting prostate cancer was actually good for them?

In his speech to open a Blue September event earlier this month, Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee (left) said just that.

Talking about his experience with prostate cancer, he described trying to ignore his rising PSA levels, finally being diagnosed, making drastic changes to his lifestyle and diet, and undergoing brachytherapy. Then he made this comment:

“In some ways, in terms of all-round health, in a funny sort of way, getting prostate cancer was good for me.”

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