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Prostate Cancer Support Group Education: Focal Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer - Is it right for me?
Epworth and Icon are collaborating to lead the way in prostate cancer patient-centred care with a new precision target-based treatment - Focal Brachytherapy.

Join the experts as they educate prostate cancer patients on this new treatment option which uses MRI to identify prostate cancer, and targeted radiotherapy to treat only the tumour, instead of the whole prostate, to keep side effects to a bare minimum.

Brachytherapy has been a standard treatment for prostate cancer for many years. Brachytherapy is a special form of internal radiation therapy where a radioactive source is placed in the prostate gland to deliver radiation to small areas over a period of time.

Focal brachytherapy is using the same technique, however is a highly targeted technique as it places the radioactive source into only the tumour itself instead of the whole prostate, preserving the rest of the prostate gland.

Standard treatments using surgery or radiation therapy can cause side effects which can heavily impact a man’s quality of life e.g. erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, bowel urgency. This new treatment means side effects that are commonly seen in treating the whole prostate are kept to a minimum, preserving patients’ quality of life.

Focal brachytherapy is a truly multidisciplinary treatment utilising a highly experienced urologic surgeon, radiation oncologist, radiologist and pathologist.

Oct 26, 2020 03:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Dr Andrew See
Radiation Oncologist, Icon Cancer Centre @Website: www.iconcancercentre.com.au/doctor/andrew-see/
Dr Andrew See is an experienced radiation oncologist at Icon Cancer Centre Freemasons, Richmond, Moreland and Mulgrave. His personal attributes have gained him a wide following among patients and referring physicians. Andrew is a confident and empathetic doctor who tries to understand what his patients are feeling and experiencing both physically and emotionally. Dr See has been active in numerous clinical trials and acted as principal investigator in key studies investigating radiation therapy treatments for breast and prostate cancer. In June 2020, Dr See and Urologic Surgeon A/Prof Jeremy Grummet developed a new patient-centred treatment called focal brachytherapy, which is currently being used to treat men with low to intermediate risk prostate cancer. To complement the therapy, the LIBERATE clinical registry has been developed to monitor men who have undergone focal brachytherapy for prostate cancer.
A/Professor Jeremy Grummet
Urologic Surgeon, Epworth Healthcare @Website: www.drjeremygrummet.com.au/
Assoc Prof Jeremy Grummet is a urological surgeon with specific training and expertise in urological cancers. He performs MRI-targeted transperineal biopsy for maximal accuracy and minimal risk in prostate cancer diagnosis. Assoc Prof Grummet also performs both robotic and open radical prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer and is trained in brachytherapy (radioactive seed implantation). He performs laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for kidney cancer and radical cystectomy (bladder removal) for locally aggressive bladder cancer.
Adjunct Professor Sally Sara
Director of Nursing Programs, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia @Website: www.pcfa.org.au
Adjunct Professor Sally Sara is the Director, Nursing Programs at the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. She holds a Master of Clinical Nursing and has 30 years nursing experience in a broad range of specialty areas, with a strong interest in improving health care and quality of life outcomes for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2014 Sally established the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, a position she held until 2018 when she joined the leadership team at PCFA. Sally is the Vice President of the Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society and a member representative of the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations. In March 2019 she was granted Adjunct Professorship (Nursing) at the University of Southern Queensland.