Cancer center to host prostate screening

Published 9:31 am Monday, September 10, 2007

By Staff
Gulf Coast Cancer Centers will hold a prostate cancer screening for the public at the Brewton office, located at 1207 Azalea Place on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Gulf Coast Cancer Centers offers the latest in prostate cancer treatment - image-guided radiation therapy and brachytherapy.
IGRT enables radiation oncologist to obtain high-resolution X-ray images to pinpoint exact tumor sites, adjust patient positioning when necessary and complete a treatment, all within standard treatment time.
Brachytherapy, also known as interstitial radiation, is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses radioactive &#8220seeds” that are permanently implanted into the prostate gland to deliver a prescribed dose of radiation directly to the cancer cells.
The radiation is intense, but confined, decreasing the risk of radiating surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
Also, Gulf Coast Cancer Centers' leading oncologist, Dr. William C. Hixson, will be on hand to answer any questions regarding prostate cancer and treatment.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in men. One in six men will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime.
The cost of the screening is $10 per person, and will include a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and an optional DRE (digital rectal exam.)
To schedule an appointment time for a prostate screening, call Gulf Coast Cancer Centers' Brewton office at (251) 867-6544 or toll free at 866-970-GCCC (4222).