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Laser Prostate Cancer Treatment Hailed as 'Truly Transformative'

30/12/2016

Laser Prostate Cancer Treatment Hailed as 'Truly Transformative'A new treatment for early stage prostate cancer has been described as "truly transformative" by surgeons.

The approach, which has been tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, without any severe side effects.

The results of clinical trials on some 413 men, which were published in The Lancet Oncology, showed nearly half of them had no remaining trace of cancer.

One of the biggest issues for men with early stage prostate cancer is that treatment often leads to lifelong impotence and incontinence. That's why many men choose the "wait and see" approach when they are diagnosed in the early stages and only opt for treatment if their cancer starts growing aggressively.

These new findings turn that approach on its head and "change everything," according to Prof Mark Emberton, who tested the technique at University College London.

The bacteria that the drug is made from live in total darkness and become toxic when exposed to light. This is how the new treatment works.

Fibre optic lasers are inserted through the perineum (the gap between the anus and the testes) and into the cancerous prostate gland. When they are activated the drug kills the cancer and leaves the healthy prostate behind.

While the fact that 49% of patients went into complete remission is remarkable in itself, the additional finding that impact on sexual activity and urination lasted for no more than three months makes the treatment even more amazing.

Even though more research is needed, the findings of the study are being hailed as "truly transformative" for prostate cancer patients.
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