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The University of California has published results in The Journal of Urology that indicate that permanently implanted ThermoRods maintain a constant temperature in the prostate of 70 degrees Celsius by oscillation of a magnetic field. This reduces the PSA level in men who have locally recurrent prostate cancer. The rods are implanted following external beam radiation therapy. The initial problem of necrosis of the prostatic urethra was solved by using a urethral cooling device. Eleven of the 14 subjects showed a significant decrease in PSA levels 6 months after the treatment. Further long-term studies need to be done to determine the long-term toxicity and survival effects. Current prostate treatment involves salvage radical prostatectomy and hormonal therapy which often has unwanted side effects.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Cancer Page
About: ThermoRods reduce PSA levels in men with prostate cancer following radiation therapy
Date: 10 December 2004
Source: Cancer Page
Author: Willy Boggs
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