Media ReleaseFrom: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
951 Kiwi men with prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy (radioactive seeds)
Treated men had long term follow up to ensure relapses and side effects were picked up
90% of men had their cancer cured
Few side effects, and quick recovery, so treatment was low impact
Results achieved for Kiwi men equal to best reported on men in USA and Europe
This is one of the largest series of men with early stage prostate cancer treated with radioactive seed implantation reported anywhere in the world. The treatment has been shown to cure most men with only minor side effects, confirming its position as a front-line treatment option for men with such cancers. The results also confirm that the use of complex modern technology can sometimes lead to remarkable medical outcomes.