More men in Northern Ireland surviving prostate cancer
More men in Northern Ireland are surviving prostate cancer thanks to the latest advances in treatment being carried out by specialists in Belfast with the support of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre.
The encouraging news comes as Belfast gets set to host some of the world’s leading cancer specialists at the UK and Ireland Prostate Brachytherapy Conference at the Ulster Museum tomorrow (Friday 19th May 2017). The event will bring together specialists from across the UK, Ireland and further afield to discuss the latest advances in treatment and some of the developments being made in Northern Ireland. In particular the conference will look at how a combined treatment approach, which was first carried out in Northern Ireland eight years ago, has halved the number of men with intermediate to high risk forms of the disease suffering a relapse of their cancer. The treatment combines external beam radiotherapy with a specialised form of radiotherapy called low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, which delivers radiation through tiny radioactive seeds inserted directly into the prostate gland. With the support of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and funding from local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre, the Cancer Centre in Belfast was one of the earliest hospitals in the UK and Ireland to offer this combination of treatment to patients, resulting in more men surviving the disease locally.
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