Combination prostate treatment 74% successful says study

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An unusual form of radiotherapy could keep up to 74 per cent of prostate cancer patients tumour-free for up to 15 years without the need for surgery, say scientists.

The Seattle Prostate Institute study used a course of external beam radiation treatment followed by permanent radiation 'seed' implants, a technique known as brachytherapy.

"This study is exciting because it shows that the combination of brachytherapy and external beam therapy are successful long-term at curing men of their prostate cancer," said lead researcher Dr John Sylvester.

"This is good news for men with prostate cancer since radiation therapy is less invasive, spares healthy tissue and helps patients return to regular activities sooner than surgery."

The study is published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.