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Prostate Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the United States.

More than 200-thousand new cases will be diagnosed this year.

But side effects from treatment can be devastating... Causing discomfort, incontinence and impotence in men.

Now new technology using human GPS is reducing side effects and revolutionizing radiation therapy.

Rod Mclean has stage three prostate cancer, but put off treatment last year when his doctors wanted to remove the gland.

"I thought wait a minute we don't know what all my options are out there."

Rod Mclean has stage three prostate cancer, but put off treatment last year when his doctors wanted to remove the gland.

"I thought wait a minute we don't know what all my options are out there."

He's having radiation therapy using human g-p-s technology.

"it's revolutionary because for the first time ever, i know with certainty, on a moment to moment basis, where

The target is i'm trying to treat." Dr. Eulau is a radiation oncologist at Swedish Cancer Institute, first in the world to use this new technology.

It's accuracy is why patients are suffering less and treatment is more precise.

"One of the biggest issues i run into in treating patients is the effect of the radiation treatment on the bowels.

Particularly the rectum.

The close proximity of both the small bowel and the rectum to the area which needs to be treated has caused a lot of

Symptoms over the years." here'how it works: three beacon transponders are placed inside the patient's prostate gland to guide the radiation beam to the cancer.

If the prostate moves, which it can up to an inch during treatment, the beam follows to ensure surrounding tissue isn't damaged.

"I've joked with my friends and tried to keep a sense of humor.

I said this is like star wars medicine, it truly is.

I mean this is cutting edge."

Rod is half way through his treatments and says he's tired, but has suffered very few side effects from the radiation.

 

 

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