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  1. Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ... If your first treatment for prostate cancer is radiotherapy, getting to each session, five days a week for several weeks can be a problem. These researchers asked whether this would affect your results. Their answer - it does not make a difference in the first four years. Four years because that is the length of time they studied their patients. Longer time results will have to wait more years. ... end Jim J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2018 Feb;62(1):116-121. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12675. Epu
  2. Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ... Metastases (mets) are cancers growing away from the original cancer. In prostate cancer, metastases are often found growing in bone. This can become very painful. A common treatment for a painful met is a strong dose of radiation (X-rays) focussed on the met. A special problem arises at the end of life. No one wants to give a treatment that won't work in time. So Rachel McDonald and her colleagues looked at how quickly radiation to one or two mets gave pain relief and a better quality of life. The
  3. The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has just had its Annual Conference in Copenhagen. Click here and here for 2 reports from Practice Update about some of the things discussed at ESMO 2016 and the implications for patients.
  4. Since the start of this century there are been a number of proposals to establish a Proton Beam Therapy Centre in Australia. The New South Wales Government has done a number of feasibility studies for a Proton Beam Therapy Centre in Eastern Sydney. The South Australian Government put forward a proposal for a Centre in South Australia. In 2014 an alliance between a commercial company, Proton Therapy Australia and Mater Health Services, Brisbane announced the building of Australia’s first proton therapy facility. On 8 August 2016 the Victorian Government announced the establishm
  5. Some men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have metastases at the time of their diagnosis. Until recently the primary treatment for these men was Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT). Since the CHAARTED and STAMPEDE trials, ADT + Chemotherapy (Docetaxel) has become the standard of care for these men. What about ADT + Chemotherapy + Radiotherapy for these men? Maybe. Removal of the primary cancer has been used effectively in other cancers, either using radiation or surgery to increase cancer-specific survival time. "Whether radiotherapy or su
  6. "Much that has been learned about the treatment of liver metastases comes from reviewing common methods for managing metastatic colon cancer. The liver is the cancer’s preferred site of metastatic spread for colon cancer. Treatments that have been employed include surgery, radiation and blockage of the blood supply to the liver by embolization of the arteries, all with variable success. More recently, radioactive microspheres injected directly into the tumor, called SIR-Spheres, have shown notable efficacy with very tolerable side effects." Dr Mark Scholz is now using SIR-Spheres to t
  7. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has posted a video on YouTube of the following talk on Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer given by radiation oncologist A/Prof Michael Izard at Sydney Adventist Hospital on 22 June 2015 .
  8. The Pilot study of Patients with Oligometastases from Prostate cancer treated with STereotactic Ablative body Radiosurgery (POPSTAR) trial is no longer recruiting. I was at Peter Mac for one of my regular follow-up visits (21 months after stereotactic radiation). No results have been published for this study but apparently some trends are developing. Talking to my radiology oncologist I got the impression that, although the stereotactic radiation had successfully sterilised the metastases being treated, many of the patients (including me) had further metastases develop. There were
  9. An article posted on the ABC news site (12 May 15) has revealed a Gamma Knife Radiation Treatment System is being installed at the PA Hospital. While the article focuses on it's capability to more safely treat brain cancers, it does note the following-"The machine can also be used on benign and cancerous tumours in other parts of the body" Here is the link - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-12/radiation-machine-will-turn-brain-surgery-on-its-head-oncologist/6463294 EDIT-(2hrs later) Unfortunately, from further research It appears that this machine (as pictured) is not capable
  10. An article from today's Herald-Sun newspaper about stereotactic radiation at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne To read the article, click on this link.
  11. On 13 November 2014 Snuffy Myers’s weekly video was on the subject of “Treating Ogliometastatic Prostate Cancer.” On 26 November 2014 a copy of a letter by Dr Michael Dattoli was posted on the internet to the Malecare Advanced PCa Group in which he said; “I have recently viewed a video from a prominent Oncologist, entitled “Treating Ogliometastatic Prostate Cancer.” I found this presenting Oncologist to be woefully mistaken about numerous issues” and gave his comments on what he believed to be “the misinformation promulgated in the video blog”. This came as a surprise to those
  12. Overall the risk of getting bladder and rectal cancer is very low. But if you have received radiation therapy for Prostate Cancer, long term surveillance is important. You and your doctor should be careful to monitor for symptoms of bladder and rectal cancer in the long term. This is the advice of Dr Kathleen A. Cooney, the senior author of a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre. The researchers looked at the number of second primary cancers that developed 10 or more years after men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer patie
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