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On the horizon – 4D brachytherapy

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Operation to treat prostate cancer in only half an hour is revealed

  • Men back on their feet sooner with new treatment say researchers
  • Technique called 4D brachytherapy available in England

By Fiona MacraePUBLISHED: 21:05  GMT, 8 June 2012

A gentler form of prostate cancer treatment that takes only 30 minutes .

A gentler form of prostate cancer treatment that takes only 30 minutes has been devised by British surgeons.

This means men are back on their feet and back at work sooner and are much less likely to suffer problems such as impotence and incontinence.

The treatment, called 4D brachytherapy,  is a more advanced version of brachytherapy, a technique which has been used successfully for more than a decade.

This targeted radiation means higher doses can be used than in traditional radiotherapy and also helps to ensure the bladder and surrounding tissues are not damaged.

Brachytherapy usually takes around three hours but the team have refined it to take as little as half an hour without losing any effectiveness.

Surgeons use a two-minute scan to take five key measurements of a man’s prostate. These are fed into a computer programme which uses information from hundreds of previous operations to work out how many seeds are needed and where they should go.

Up to 120 seeds, each the size of a grain of rice, are then inserted into the prostate in an operation that takes between 30 to 40 minutes.  Patients are often discharged on the same day and return to work within days.

30 Minute Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer Effective as Surgery – Related Article

In my opinion …

This seems to be a shortcut version of traditional brachytherapy. 

As they are dealing with my life, I would prefer them to take extra time rather than shorten it to half an hour.  That may be of great benefit to the doctor … but what about me, the patient? 

As  for Australia …?  Who knows when it will reach our shores?


Written by Greg Naylor

17 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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  1. Hey Greg: Its Lee yes I have to agree with you on this sounds like a shortcut for low dose rate brachytherapy(seeds).

    Lee aka Popeye

    Lee Gallagher

    17 September 2012 at 9:49 pm

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