Brachytherapy a radiation that fights prostate cancer from within

Written by: Dr. Benjamín Guix Melcior
Published: | Updated: 18/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Prostate cancer needs high doses of radiation to heal. So that there are no side effects, the best treatment that exists today is brachytherapy. This treatment consists of placing the sources of radiation in the interior of the prostate, which allows prostate cancer to be cured without practically producing any sequelae.. The radiation emitted by these capsules is very short range, a few millimeters, so it is restricted to the prostate, without irradiating neighboring healthy structures. They are placed under epidural anesthesia-they do no harm-and, once the anesthesia wears off, the patient goes home.

Usually, prostate cancer does not produce any discomfort or symptoms. Early diagnosis is made by a blood test in which the concentration of PSA, prostate-specific antigen, is determined. In patients who have a tumor in the prostate, PSA is usually elevated, which is when a biopsy should be performed. The only thing the patient has is this molecule raised in the blood, but without causing any discomfort.

 

Nearly 100% effective

It is a treatment that today has a success rate close to 100%. Moreover, the National Cancer Institute of the United States (NCI), the body that is responsible in the country to coordinate all research and treatments against cancer, has confirmed that the survival at 5 years of patients diagnosed with cancer. Prostate is 100%. There is no other tumor that has such a high survival, thanks to the high effectiveness of the treatments

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By Dr. Benjamín Guix Melcior
Clinical oncology

He is an authority on radiation and currently directs the IMOR Foundation. He has published over 200 articles and more than twenty books on the specialty. It has been widely recognized by the profession awards: Award of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) 2009 Award of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) 2007 International Award Brachytherapy (ASTRO) 2000, among others.

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