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PR NEWSWIRE: Auckland Radiation Oncology Centre is the first to use Elekta VMAT, treating a patient with prostate cancer using a single 100-second arc of radiation. READ MORE>

Such rapid treatments change the entire therapy experience for these patients, who have had to remain completely still for seven minutes during radiation delivery for each of 37 to 39 separate treatment sessions or “fractions.”

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UPI: Prostate cancer patients who refuse treatment don’t do as well as those who choose radiation treatment, US researchers found. READ MORE>

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found the 10-year overall survival rate for men who chose “watchful waiting” was 51 percent. It was 68 percent for those who had radiation treatment.

URO TODAY: And those on active surveillance are often reluctant to proceed with treatment because they fear erectile dysfunction. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Short-term hormone therapy given prior to and during radiation treatment to medium-risk prostate cancer patients increases their chance of living longer, but there is no significant benefit for low-risk patients. READ MORE>

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DOMINION POST: Prostate cancer patients are being offered faster, more targeted and more effective treatment with the introduction of a high-dose radiation therapy at Wellington Hospital.

The technique, “high-dose-rate brachytherapy” uses small plastic tubes placed into the prostate and irradiating it from inside.

It will cut radiation treatment from seven to four weeks and is especially effective for advanced cases.

Waikato Hospital is the only other NZ centre to use the technique. READ MORE>

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