Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer
death among American men.
There are many options for treatment .
including a high-dose option that not many people
As Martie Salt shows us .
that may be starting to change.
SIXTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD GREG HILDEBRAND DIDN'T WANT TO
BE SIDELINED FOR LONG AFTER GETTING THIS GOOD NEWS
SLASH BAD NEWS MESSAGE FROM HIS DOCTOR.
Hildebrand, unfortunately we found cancer but not
to worry, this is readily treatable.
TO TREAT HIS PROSTATE CANCER, HILDEBRAND WENT WITH
A PROCEDURE CALLED
HIGH-DOSE-RATE BRACHYTHERAPY BRACK-ee-THERAPY.
UNLIKE THE LOW-DOSE-RATE RADIATION TREATMENT, WHICH
PERMANENTLY IMPLANTS RADIOACTIVE SEEDS DIRECTLY INTO
THE PROSTATE, THE HIGH-DOSE-RATE RADIATION IS REMOVED
THE SAME DAY.
The radiation is delivered right then and there later
that day as opposed to having a permanent source inside
you that slowly delivers the radiation over six to
We use the ultrasound to place the tiny tubes through
each one of these holes and distribute them evenly
throughout the prostate.
Here you see the tubes going in.
HILDEBRAND RECEIVED TWO TREATMENTS OVER TWO WEEKS.
HIS SIDE-EFFECTS LASTED ONLY ONE MONTH.
DOCTORS SAY COMPLICATIONS FROM THE LOW-DOSE-RATE TREATMENT
CAN LAST SIX MONTHS.
It's cleaner, it's more direct, it's less intrusive.
H-D-R WAS CLEARLY THE BETTER OPTION FOR HIM, SO HOW
COME NOT ALL DOCTORS HAVE EMBRACED IT?
One of the reasons why is, from a resource perspective,
for the staff and clinic, it's a little bit harder.
BUT FOR SOME PATIENTS, IT MAY BE THE KEY TO GOOD HEALTH
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.