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When Cancer Strikes Three Times; Does it Ever Get Any Easier

Lester Busch benefited from brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer

Chicago, IL, February 19, 2009 – Southsider Lester Busch, 67, had already been through bouts of kidney and bladder cancer when he called his primary care physician for a refill of routine medication.  Busch had recently retired and was enjoying shooting clay targets with his friends from the Sportsmen Club. The doctor’s office would not fill the prescription without Busch coming into the office for a routine check-up.  His blood work showed that he had elevated PSA levels indicating the possibility of prostate cancer.

Busch’s urologist, Dr. User, suggested he speak to nationally-known expert on brachytherapy and prostate cancer, Brian J. Moran, MD, a radiation oncologist and the medical director of the Chicago Prostate Center.  Dr. Moran recommended brachytherapy (radiation seed implants). Several of Busch’s friends from the club had good experiences with brachytherapy treatment and highly recommended it.

Over the past 20 years, brachytherapy has evolved into a preferred treatment for early stage prostate cancer because there are fewer risks, fewer side effects and shorter recovery than other treatment options.  The seeds are implanted with a needle no wider in diameter than those typically used to draw blood and are directed into the predetermined areas of the prostate. The implant does not hurt because anesthesia is given during the procedure. Patients are usually up and walking within a half hour after the procedure and go home the same day.

“My cancer treatment at the Chicago Prostate Center was a completely different experience than my past two cancer surgeries. Everyone who works at the Center cares about you. There is always someone there to hold your hand. Dr. Moran even gave me his home phone number and encouraged me to call,” said Busch.

“I walked out of the Chicago Prostate Center the same day as my brachytherapy treatment. I could have even driven home. I am blessed with good doctors.

“Now I am re-doing my kitchen. I gave myself a month and I am two weeks into it. I think this is penance for all of the really good times,” said Busch.

The Chicago Prostate Center was established in 1997 with the goal of providing patients with comprehensive care focused on the treatment of prostate cancer with brachytherapy. The Chicago Prostate Center is the country’s only free-standing facility dedicated to the treatment of prostate cancer.  For more information, visit or call 630.654.2515.

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