Prostate Cancer Cure Proves Effective

Fall 2007 CSANews Issue 64  |  Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.Back to list

Brachytherapy, a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons implant rice-sized, radioactive “seeds” into or close to a tumor, is a promising cure for early prostate cancer. For 8 years, researchers followed 2,700 men in the early stages of the disease and found that 90% who received adequate doses of brachytherapy were cancer free by the study’s end. Results were particularly encouraging, since these men did not undergo any additional treatments.

(International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physiology, vol. 67, p.327 John Hopkins Medical Letter – Health After 50®)

Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is September 16-22. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men.
  • In 2007, an estimated 22,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,300 will die of it.
  • One in eight men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, mostly after age 60. One in 27 will die of it.
  • There is no single cause of prostate cancer. Some factors that increase the risk of developing it are:
    • Age - it is uncommon in men under 50 and develops most often in men over 65
    • Family history
    • A diet high in fat
    • African ancestry.