United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is offering a specialist form of treatment for patients with prostate cancer to provide better outcomes and a reduction in the length of the treatment.
High Dose Rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy, offered at Lincoln County Hospital since April 2008, is an internal radiotherapy procedure which requires a general anaesthesia and an overnight stay in hospital.
The Trust is one of only 11 in England to provide this treatment to its patients and treats between 55-60 cases a year.
The team, made up of radiotherapy radiographers, medical physicists, urology nurses and anaesthetists at Lincoln has recently treated their 250th patient with this procedure.
Now a national audit is calling on more NHS trusts in the country to offer this treatment to their patients.
Consultant urologist Ian Mark said: ““Prostate brachytherapy isn’t suitable for everyone but those that can have this treatment can see significant benefits.
“As the procedure is shorter and more intense than others it reduces treatment time to within five weeks. The patient will have his implant and 15 sessions of external radiotherapy, as opposed to up to 39 daily visits to the hospital.”