Because prostate cancer and its treatment options involve the most intimate of male-related issues—erectile and urinary function—they generate a great deal of investigative scrutiny. From the physician's point of view, a prescribed treatment can be life changing, with both benefits and drawbacks for the male subject. More importantly, treatment can be lifesaving.
The ASCENDE-RT (Androgen Suppression Combined with Elective Nodal and Dose Escalated Radiation Therapy) study was the first randomized clinical trial comparing brachytherapy to the traditional use of external beam radiation therapy to treat intermediate and high risk Prostate Cancer patients over a period of between 6 to 9 years.
The results show a significant increase in survival rates with an average of 50% of patients showing progression free survival when treated with LDR brachytherapy.