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Cancer Center News
First in Nation to Use New System for Prostate Cancer Treatment

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
June 12, 2012
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, MA —  June 12, 2012 — The prostate brachytherapy seed implant program at The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital recently became the first in the nation to use an advanced treatment planning system called “Oncentra Prostate” created by Nucletron, one of the world’s leaders in cancer radiotherapy cancer care. Brachytherapy involves the precise placement of short range radiation-sources (radioisotopes) directly at the site of the cancerous tumor to destroy cancer cells. The “Oncentra Prostate” planning system identifies the optimal sites within the prostate for radioactive seed implantation, which minimizes damage to normal tissues near the tumor site.

The procedure was performed by a multidisciplinary team led by Peter Orio, MD, of the Cancer Center’s radiation oncology team, and South Shore Hospital urologist John Feldman, MD. The new system displays images in both 2D and 3D and allows for real-time visualization of the needle placement during surgical implantation.

South Shore Hospital was chosen to perform this milestone procedure because of its recognized expertise in prostate low dose rate brachytherapy. Prostate cancer patients will benefit from this program by having access to the full range of available prostate cancer treatments close to home at the both the Cancer Center and at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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