Monday, October 23, 2006
Medical Reports: Prostate Protection
What breast cancer is to women, prostate cancer is to men. But while multiple medical advances have been made to cure breast cancer, doctors may now have a breakthrough for prostate cancer. It's a machine that can tell where the cancer is and where it's spread. Seven's Tom Haynes has more on this prostate protection.
WSVN -- It's called the common cancer in men, yet, prostate cancer is still something many men do not want to think or talk about.
Milton Katz: "Just the name itself, cancer is scary."
Doctors told Milton Katz he had prostate cancer a few months ago.
Milton Katz: "It was for everybody else, never for me. I felt it couldn't happen to me."
But today, doctors can find it and fight it better than before, thanks to this new technology.
University MRI and Diagnostic Centers in Boca Raton is the only place in Florida using the Prose machine.
Dr. Fred Steinberg: "The advantage of this technology is it can pinpoint the cancer within the prostate gland to a very high degree of accuracy."
Nurse: "Nice, easy breathing."
The machine looks like a normal MRI.
A patient goes into this tunnel for about 30 to 40 minutes.
Only with this machine, doctors can see a clear picture of the size and location of the cancer.
Plus they can also receive a chemical image that shows the stage of the cancer and it's aggressiveness.
Dr. Fred Steinberg: "By actually knowing the location of the tumor within the prostate gland, the physician can more tailor his treatment to just treat the abnormality of the prostate."
This way, during radiation only the cancer is destroyed, nothing else.
Bruce Horowitz: "It is sort of like having a sniper rifle. You can shoot extremely accurate."
There are not any harmful side effects from the procedure.
Just like any MRI, the worst part is the tight quarters.
Milton Katz: "It was a little tight in there, but I am thankful it worked out well. It wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be."
For Milton it was worth being uncomfortable.
Doctors were able to pinpoint his prostate cancer and are now giving him a good prognosis.
Milton Katz: "I am very pleased about this, because you do not want to destroy anything else in your body. I'm happy that they offered this test for me, I'm thankful."
Tom Haynes: "Insurance does pay for most of the Prose procedure. Right now, University MRI is one of only a handful of places in the nation to have this new tool."
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