Nigel Middlebrook, Professor Christie, Peter Neville (all from Premion) and urologist Dr Stephen Bourne with the 100th brachytherapy patient Graham Wooldridge.
Nigel Middlebrook, Professor Christie, Peter Neville (all from Premion) and urologist Dr Stephen Bourne with the 100th brachytherapy patient Graham Wooldridge. Contributed

New one-hit prostate cancer treatment used at John Flynn

GOLD Coast private oncology clinic Premion has now helped 100 prostate cancer patients using an advanced treatment method.

Premion, which has a clinic based at John Flynn Hospital in Tugun, uses low- dose rate brachytherapy, a form of radiation treatment aimed at precisely attacking cancerous cells with short-range radiation.

Interestingly, the treatment only requires one procedure, with patients reportedly feeling fewer side effects, needing less medication after treatment and feeling less discomfort, such as incontinence and bladder irritation.

Premion radiation oncologist professor David Christie said the precise method was convenient and "competes very successfully with other kinds of prostate treatment".

"Most patients are able to tolerate the procedure very well and because they only need it once, it is very convenient," he said.

Each year, Premion treats about 1200 men from the Gold Coast and Northern NSW for prostate cancer.



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