Icon has announced new Australian data that shows high-tech precision radiation can prevent treatment escalation for more than two years (27.1 months), improving the prognosis of advanced prostate cancer patients with early metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body).
The Australian study, published in the International Journal of Cancer is the world’s largest prostate cancer trial of its kind, treating men with up to five prostate cancer metastases. It was led by experts from Icon Cancer Centre in Melbourne, funded by Epworth Medical Foundation and EJ Whitten Foundation.
Nearly 200 men from across Australia were given stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), an advanced form of therapy capable of providing radiation high doses, to small areas of cancer while sparing healthy tissue. Each treatment lasts less than 10 minutes and is delivered over a two week period. The results show 50 per cent of patients were free from treatment escalation for two years, and importantly, no patient experienced any severe long term side effects.