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Slade star undergoes brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer

Check out the blog quoted below, posted by British company BXTAccelyon, about Jim Lea and his struggle with high-risk prostate cancer.  Bass player for the band “Slade”, Lea chose treatment in the UK with LDR Brachytherapy, also known as seed implant.

 Jim Lea’s prostate cancer journey

”Jim Lea, bass player for Slade, has revealed he has been battling prostate cancer for more than two years. In a bid to help others who may be going through a similar situation, he agreed to an exclusive radio interview for Paul Franks’ show on 95.6FM BBC WM.  Here, he discusses his own personal battle with prostate cancer and gives an extremely candid view of the treatments he underwent.

Jim explains he was diagnosed with high risk prostate cancer, which he was able to undergo brachytherapy treatment for in Leeds. Speaking about his treatment, Jim comments: “They were very good to me and we love Leeds now. We go up there just to go to the hospital to check me out. It worked out really well”.

Following on from his brachytherapy treatment, Jim is now undergoing hormone therapy, which he is due to complete in August of this year. Hormone therapy is not a prerequisite of brachytherapy or a cure for prostate cancer in its own right, but in some cases of localised (sic) prostate cancer it may be offered alongside a patient’s main treatment.”

About LDR Brachytherapy

After a diagnosis of prostate cancer, patients will be offered a range of different treatment options. If the prostate cancer is localised (sic), brachytherapy may be a suitable option. Low dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy whereby small seeds (the size of a grain of rice) are implanted in the affected area.

In comparison with surgery brachytherapy is a much less invasive treatment with fewer side effects. Erectile dysfunction and loss of bladder control is less common, and patients have shorter recovery times, often returning to work and / or sporting activities within two weeks of the procedure.”

Remember Slade and hear interview with Jim Lea

To read more about Slade and listen to Jim Lea’s interview on BBC Radio, click here.

Seed implant: effective prostate cancer treatment in Chicago area

Seed implants provide equal or better success rates, with fewer side effects and faster recovery, than prostate cancer treatment with surgery or external beam radiation.  Observing our 20th year of service to men with prostate cancer, Chicago Prostate Cancer Center has treated more patients with LDR Brachytherapy than any other medical center in the world.  For more information, visit us at

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