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Local Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened

October 10, 2014

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. –When 52-year-old Kurt David was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he knew that getting treated would be the most important decision throughout the process. The successful TV host felt it was essential to evaluate all the treatment options available to him.

“I went through my annual health exams and they found that my PSA levels had rapidly risen since my last exam,” David says. “I went and got a biopsy and confirmed I had prostate cancer.”

David decided to learn everything he could about treatment options and learned about a new, shorter course of radiation therapy for prostate cancer called high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. One of the nation’s experts in this procedure is 21st Century Oncology of Michigan’s Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, Michael Ghilezan, M.D., Ph.D.

“HDR brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that delivers high dose radiation from implants placed inside or near the tumor in the body,” says Dr. Ghilezan. “The computer-controlled system sends a single radioactive source into the prostate to deliver radiation at multiple depths and varying times.  After the treatment, the source retracts in the afterloader and the patient is not radioactive. This treatment is also called a temporary implant because it lasts 10-20 minutes.”

“Dr. Ghilezan was extremely knowledgeable on treatment options and was open to discussing details so we fully understood the process,” says David. “Dr. Ghilezan is very professional and personable, which is something that is desired when you go through something like this.”

Without testing and early diagnosis, his prognosis could have been extremely different. The month of September is dedicated to Prostate Cancer Awareness; early detection and screening is vital for men. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history and race.

“I urge all men in this area that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to go to Dr. Ghilezan to explore if you are a candidate for this treatment,” David says. “To those who have not been screened recently, I advise men to get screened for prostate cancer and stay up-to-date on your health.”

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