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Prostate Cancer Patient Benefits from RapidArc™ Technology

When 58-year-old Anselm began experiencing a disturbing pain, he knew he shouldn't ignore it. He went to see his primary care physician, who diagnosed an enlarged, abnormal prostate and ordered blood work. When his tests came back abnormal, Anselm was referred to Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Following a biopsy, Anselm learned he had prostate cancer. But before he began treatment, Anselm experienced signs of infection and was hospitalized briefly. Once recovered, he began outpatient treatment that included the medication Lupron to stop the production of the male hormone testosterone, which can result in the growth of prostate cancer cells.

"When the doctors told me I had prostate cancer, I wasn't scared or anxious," says Anselm. "They explained everything to me and I was confident in my Memorial doctors. I take one day at a time and I wasn't going to let this spoil the joy in my life."

With a comprehensive treatment plan and a positive attitude, Anselm continued with the next phase of care – radiation therapy.

"Fortunately for Anselm, Memorial Cancer Institute is at the forefront of technology, offering some of the latest radiation treatment options," says Srinath Sundararaman, MD, MS, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology. "Anselm would be the first Memorial patient to experience the benefits of RapidArc™, a new technology to deliver image guided radiotherapy quickly and precisely to the tumor resulting in shorter treatment time and less risk of impacting surrounding healthy tissue."

For those men who require therapy, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent thanks to such effective treatments as radiation and the prescription medication Lupron.

"My experience at Memorial was amazing," says Anselm. "My radiation treatments took less than five minutes with minimal side effects. I was able to continue to work throughout my treatment with few restrictions and little impact on my quality of life."

Following less than a month of radiation, Anselm underwent prostate brachytherapy treatment, a minimally invasive procedure during which doctors implant tiny radioactive seeds into the prostate to directly target the tumor, minimizing radiation outside the affected organ. 

Now home and feeling well, Anselm returns to Memorial Cancer Institute every few months for follow-up care.
"The combination of a great medical team and the very latest technology allowed me to keep working and spend time with my family and friends," says Anselm. "I continued living during my treatment. Cancer didn't stop me, thanks to Memorial."


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