RICHLAND, Wash., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IsoRay Medical [ISR] – Most American men will spend countless hours researching before making a major purchase whether it is a car, boat, motorcycle or a summer home. Yet, when it comes to their health, they merely accept the advice of their physician.
The American Cancer Association published data shows nearly 200,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually with one in seven men likely to be afflicted by the disease. Often, the options are either, invasive surgery, or extensive radiation treatment, both costly options. A treatment that has often been ignored is brachytherapy, which is not only more cost-effective but typically results in less treatment side-effects.
Around since the early 1900s, brachytherapy is a form of treatment that implants "seeds" directly into the tumorous tissue, these seeds deliver radiation doses to destroy cancer cells at the tumor site while limiting the damage to nearby healthy tissue. A recent study, Long-Term Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Patients Treated with Cesium-131 by Glaser, et al., published in The International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics suggests that the newest brachytherapy isotope, Cesium-131, is changing the game.
"For far too long, patients have been treated for prostate cancer based on a medical professionals' familiarity or, in some cases, due to far greater financial benefits to the physician," said Dr. Brian Moran, medical director of the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center. "This study reinforces that a new, patient-friendly treatment exists. Brachytherapy with Cesium-131 leverages the isotope's short half-life to significantly reduce the duration of long-term symptoms and side effects."
Alternative brachytherapy isotopes deliver treatment over a lengthy time period, often with sustained side effects. Many physicians are starting to believe that Cesium-131, produced solely by Isoray Medical, is the ideal go-between – offering a highly targeted, fast-acting treatment with a shorter delivery time (30 days) than other isotopes used for brachytherapy, and, based on the recently published study, a quicker recovery period and ability for the patient to maintain his baseline quality of life over the long term.
The fast-acting nature of the Cesium-131 seed treatment allows men to quickly recover from the short-term side-effects of radiation and return to normal urinary, bowel and sexual function faster than with other brachytherapy isotopes. Along with the recently published study, a growing body of literature supports faster recovery when Cesium-131 brachytherapy is utilized.
Since its inception, Isoray has leveraged the expertise in the Richland, Washington region to develop a proprietary process for manufacturing the new medical isotope, Cesium-131. With this advancement, Isoray has identified a more cost-effective cancer treatment solution for life beyond a patient's cancer.
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Isoray, Inc., through its subsidiary, Isoray Medical Inc., is the sole producer of Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds, which are expanding brachytherapy options throughout the body. Learn more about this innovative Richland, Washington company and explore the many benefits and uses of Cesium-131 by visiting www.isoray.com. Join us on Facebook/Isoray. Follow us on Twitter @Isoray.
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