LDR brachytherapy - The “unsung hero” of prostate cancer treatments
Landlord Edward Boynton, from Pickhill near Thirsk, was the 3000th patient to benefit from LDR brachytherapy at Leeds General Infirmary. He wanted an effective prostate cancer treatment for that would allow him to get back to work quickly.
I was delighted when they told me I was a suitable candidate to have the procedure… I need to be active, I need to be on my feet – I can’t be sat down doing nothing.
Dr Ann Henry, Consultant at St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds, and Associate Professor in Clinical Oncology at Leeds University, led the team carrying out Edward’s procedure. She is an advocate of the patient and clinical benefits of LDR brachytherapy.
You could call low dose rate brachytherapy the ‘unsung hero’ of prostate cancer treatment, because the standard NHS referral routes to a surgeon mean that some patients who are suited to receive the treatment don’t really consider it as an option
There are much fewer side-effects than with many of the other treatments and patients can return to work within 3 or 4 days