A study in the Netherlands involving the specialist cancer hospital in Amsterdam where I had my surgery and my SRT looks to be paving the way for a new way of giving RT to guys with PCa
They will still receive the same total amount of radiation but will not receive a slightly higher dose at each session and thus need fewer sessions.
The proposal is thus that patients will now receive 19 sessions of 3.4Gy instead of 39 sessions of 2Gy.
The study involved 820 men in two groups. It was found that among the men who had had 39 sessions 77% were cancer free after five years whereas those having fewer stronger sessions were 80% free.
Clearly there are also indirect benefits to patients in that they would need to make fewer trips to hospital for their RT.
(The findings of the study run by Professor Luca Incrocci were presented over the weekend at San Antonio in the USA. The study involved hospitals in Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Eindhoven, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Arnhem, and was funded by the KWF cancer charity).
As yet I can find no link to this story in English. but Dutch text at:www.gezondheidenco.nl/189721/aantal-bestralingen-prostaatkanker-kan-bijna-worden-gehalveerd/
(Maybe Google translate may work)