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Impotence and Incontinence Greatly Reduced With New Prostate Cancer Treatment

on of on-line tracking, guidance and possible adaptive interventions to be used. The team is able to make intermediate adaptations when required, for example by re-imaging the patient and adjusting the dose before each treatment session, "Often, it is this interventional option that can make the difference", Professor Zamboglou confirms.

Prostate Cancer and Quality of Life

Worldwide, 1 in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the course of their lifetime. About 350,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, of which approximately 75% are of localised prostate cancer. This is the type for which HDR brachytherapy is most suitable, as the tumour has not yet spread beyond the prostate itself.

Modern treatment of prostate cancer using radiotherapy has already produced encouraging results when it comes to fighting the tumour and its possible recurrence. Yet with the rise in average age and also with more and more men wanting to remain active at a higher age, cancer specialists have been facing a tough challenge to further reduce side-effects such as impotence and incontinence. Aiming to meet these rising standards for improving patients' quality of life, they have been seeking new technologies for accurately and effectively targeting the cancer, while preserving long-term organ function.

Reducing the Costs and Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Current estimates stipulate that over 10 billion dollars per year are spent on treating prostate cancer. Facing a rapid rise in the incidence of prostate cancer incidence - not just in the western world but also in developing countries - clinicians and the medical industry feel a responsibility to provide more cost-effective treatment methods.

HDR brachytherapy in combination with the new image-guidance technology has the potential to fulfil this demand. With this therapy, patients spend a maximum of two nights in hospital,
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