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Impotence and Incontinence Greatly Reduced With New Prostate Cancer Treatment

A new technology to further improve the precision of HDR brachytherapy was therefore developed by a multidisciplinary team of Radiation Oncologists and Medical Physicists together with Nucletron, a leading manufacturer of radiotherapy equipment and software. The real-time image-guidance technology that they created has now made it possible to view crucial aspects of the procedure in real time, rather than relying on past images. This means that clinicians can view the position of the organs, check whether the tubes are following the right insertion pathways, and amend the dose to more accurately target the tumour while avoiding vulnerable areas.

Results Just Published

The outcome of the study featuring this new technology, comprising over 300 patients, was announced last week at the 12th International Conference on Optimal use of Advanced Radiotherapy on Multimodality Oncology in Rome. The study itself was performed by Professors Zamboglou, Tunn and Baltas from the University Hospital in Offenbach, Germany. By uniting a multidisciplinary team of urologists, radiation oncologists and clinical physicists working closely together, they were able (and continue) to achieve excellent results with minimum side-effects.

With a radiation source inside rather than outside the body, there is no need to penetrate healthy tissue in order to reach the target. As Professor Nikolaos Zamboglou from Offenbach comments, "Conventional prostate cancer radiotherapy involves treating the tumour from the outside in. But you get far fewer side-effects if you treat it from the inside out. And with this new imaging technology, we can really hit the spot."

Monitoring and Adaptability Important

It was shown that HDR brachytherapy in combination with the live image-guidance technology makes it easy to monitor both the tumour and adjacent organs during treatment. Nucletron's innovative technology enables a combinati
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