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Subject: Radiation Oncology
Category: Health > Men's Health
Asked by: jack11146-ga
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Posted: 29 Nov 2004 06:09 PST
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What are the success rates when taking radiation therapy for prostate
cancer.  My treatment is being performed by Cohen Pavilion at
Greenwich Hospital (CT) Bendheim Cancer Center Radiation Oncology
under the supervision of Daniel E. Fass, M.D.

Clarification of Question by jack11146-ga on 29 Nov 2004 12:24 PST
I do not want anything published.  And definitely posted anywhere.
Please respond.

Clarification of Question by jack11146-ga on 29 Nov 2004 12:25 PST
And definitely NOT posted anywhere.
Subject: Re: Radiation Oncology
Answered By: jdb-ga on 29 Nov 2004 12:35 PST
Hello, I am following up on your question. Here are some website
resources on the success rate of radiation treatments for prostate
cancer. - Adult Conditions - Cancers - Radiation Therapy for
Prostate Cancer
"Radiation is often an effective treatment for preventing or managing
symptoms of prostate cancer that has spread. External beam radiation
therapy is typically very helpful in decreasing or relieving pain
related to prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. A short
course of therapy usually no longer then two weeks is sufficient in
most cases. In other cases, radiation may be used to prevent
debilitating symptoms related to the uncontrolled spread of cancer
near critical organs or tissues."

Significantly High Prostate Cancer Cure Rate With Brachytherapy
TAMPA, FL -- March 30, 2000 -- "In a presentation to the American
Cancer Society's 42nd Science Writers Seminar Wednesday, Dr. Haakon
Ragde of Northwest Hospital, Seattle, announced an observed 79 percent
cure rate at 12 years for high-risk prostate cancer patients who
received a combination of external beam radiation and prostate
brachytherapy. In a study of 215 consecutive brachytherapy patients
directly observed for up to 12 years, Dr. Ragde and researchers at
Northwest Prostate Institute found an overall cure rate of 70

Combining Radiation Modalities Increases Prostate Cancer Cure Rates
"To see if combining therapies would decrease recurrence rates for men
with high-risk prostate cancer, 132 patients with high Gleason scores,
with high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores or who were at an
advanced clinical stage of prostate cancer were studied. A
three-pronged approach that included brachytherapy, external beam
radiation therapy and hormonal therapy produced an 86 percent rate of
freedom from recurrence after five years. In addition, 47 of the
original 132 patients in the study had a prostate biopsy performed two
years after the end of treatment and 100 percent of them showed no
evidence of the cancer recurring."

Increased Radiation For Prostate Cancer Increases Cure Rate
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- March 1, 2000 
"Most prostate cancer patients will have a higher cure rate if they
are treated with higher doses of radiation, a new study shows. The
study was published today in the International Journal of Radiation
Oncology, Biology and Physics. The study, conducted at Fox Chase
Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, of 618 patients found that
five-year cure rates were improved by 14 - 40 percent depending on the
patients' disease extent when the patients were treated with higher
doses. These high doses result in the cure of more than 80 percent of
all patients with pre-treatment PSA levels of 20 or less."

Postoperative Radiotherapy Improves Cure Rate in High-Risk Prostate
Cancer Patients
by William J. Catalona, M.D. 
"Dr. Valicenti and associates recently reported that at four years
after surgery, 88% of the patients who had the radiotherapy also had
undetectable PSA levels, compared to 55% of the patients who did not
have the auxiliary treatment.  Dr. Valicenti's studies also suggest
that a higher radiation dose (64.8 Gy) produces better results than
lower radiation doses."

Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) 
Prostate Cancer: Evaluating the Options
By Mark Scholz, M.D., Prostate Oncology Specialists

Understanding Prognosis and Cancer Statistics

I hope that you find this information useful. Please let me know if I
can be of further assistance. jdb-ga
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