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Newer Is Better In Implant For Prostate Cancer - Senior Health - Healthy Aging - Health For Seniors
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Newer Is Better In Implant For Prostate Cancer

A study by Yale University researchers in New Haven, Conn., shows a newer radiation implant therapy has fewer side effects and could lead to better treatment outcomes than the older, more commonly prescribed treatment.

The new treatment, Palladium-103, was compared with the more traditional Iodine-125 in the study.

"While both implants were extraordinarily successful at preventing major long-term complications, Palladium-103 was superior to Iodine-125 in preventing moderate long-term complications by 13 percent," said Dr. Richard Peschel, professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine.

"Our study is the first to compare prostate cancer implant therapies, and the results could lead to improved outcomes for patients."

In the seven-year study, Peschel and his team also found that the minimum dose for Palladium-103 could be increased without increasing side effects.

This increased dose has the potential for improving cure rates, Peschel said in the journal Radiation Oncology Investigations: Clinical and Basic Research.

Newer Is Better In Implant For Prostate Cancer
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