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Sunshine Coast first-in-QLD to access ground-breaking approach to prostate cancer treatment

Sunshine Coast, AUSTRALIA – In a state-first, Sunshine Coast men living with prostate cancer can now access ground-breaking treatment shown to improve cancer outcomes.1

This state-first therapy, now available at GenesisCare Buderim, can significantly improve the chance of cure.1 Known as ‘dominant lesion boost therapy’ this form of external radiation involves the standard treatment of the entire prostate, as well as an extra “boost” of radiation on the tumour itself at the same time.

According to GenesisCare Radiation Oncologist, Associate Professor Alex Tan, Buderim, this innovative approach to treating prostate cancer is based on clinical research recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“The research confirmed that radiation therapy – an already safe and proven treatment option – is now even more effective in controlling prostate cancer when used in this innovative way. On top of this, there is no significant increase in side effects.

“I’m excited to offer this state-first therapy at GenesisCare Buderim for local men living with prostate cancer, without the need for extra treatment sessions, procedures or time compared to conventional treatment,” A/Professor Tan said.

When used together with a gel spacer and triggered imaging, this combination treatment reduces toxicity and improves patient outcomes. The use of rectal spacers – a cushion around the prostate – are to ensure radiation is targeted at the prostate and helps to reduce the risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

By combining dominant lesion boost therapy with the use of a gel spacer and triggered imaging, further improvements to accuracy and side effect profile of this treatment can be further improved. Triggered imaging technology, available at GenesisCare Buderim, allows clinicians to constantly monitor the tumour and suspend treatment if the target moves. The gel spacer provides a “cushion” around the prostate to push the bowel further away from the radiation, reducing the side effects of treatment.1

For patients, prostate cancer recurrence after radiotherapy often means uncertainty, diagnostic examinations and tests, and further treatments like hormone therapy or chemotherapy which can impact quality of life.

Local Noosaville, resident Stephen Winbank (69), was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer earlier this year after visiting his GP for his regular PSA test.

“I was pretty shocked when they told me I had prostate cancer, because I wasn’t expecting it.  I’ll admit the days following my initial diagnosis were rough, but after talking to my doctors and the team at GenesisCare I’ve started to feel a lot better about it.”

“We discussed treatment options and decided radiation would be the best option for me due to my type of cancer, my age, and underlying medical issues.

“I start treatment in April and will have radiation five days a week for eight weeks. I’m feeling hopeful and positive that my treatment will all work. The team of doctors and support around me and at GenesisCare have been so good, they know what they are talking about, and I feel like I’m in good hands.

“My message to other men is get regular PSA checks even if you don’t have symptoms, I didn’t and I still had prostate cancer, and if you’ve been diagnosed try to remain positive.”

The Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s cancer ‘hotspots’, with one of the highest rates of cancer diagnosis in the state. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men on the Sunshine Coast, with approximately 500 new cases each year.2

General Manager for GenesisCare Oncology Queensland, Andrew Saunders, said: “Due to the ageing population on the Sunshine Coast, as well as the post-pandemic influx of new residents, it is imperative that we continue to invest in the latest treatments and technologies to ensure the best possible life outcomes for our patients.”

“GenesisCare is pleased to bring this first-in-state treatment for prostate cancer to the Sunshine Coast, ensuring local residents are on the cutting-edge of global advances in treatment therapies.”