IsoRay Inc. (NYSE MKT: ISR), a medical technology company and innovator in seed brachytherapy and medical radioisotope applications, today announced the first prostate cancer implant combining IsoRay's Cesium-131 seeds with C4 Imaging's Sirius® positive signal MRI markers.
IsoRay CEO Dwight Babcock commented, "We are very excited to have our Cesium-131 isotope seeds chosen to partner with C4 Imaging's innovative positive signal MRI markers in the treatment of prostate cancer. By combining two of the newest technologies available in brachytherapy, we hope to demonstrate superior outcomes with the goal of improving patient lives. As we continue to develop our product offerings both internally and in partnership with other industry leaders, our message is clear and the medical community is becoming increasingly aware of the innovative alternative our Cesium-131 products offer to cancer patients."
Dr. Steven Frank of MD Anderson Cancer Center, who performed the implant, commented "IsoRay's Cesium-131, with its short half-life, offers rapid resolution of the acute side effects that can be associated with prostate treatment with brachytherapy".
Dr. Frank further stated "Strands utilizing IsoRay's Cesium-131 seeds and C4 Imaging's Sirius® MRI Markers bring together two novel technologies that permit MRI-based brachytherapy in order to optimize the treatment quality and outcomes of prostate cancer patients".
IsoRay's various products, including Cesium-131 seeds, sutured seeds, stranded mesh and the GliaSite® radiation therapy system, give physicians the ability to directly place a specified dosage of radiation in areas where cancer is most likely to remain after completion of a tumor removal or by placing seeds within the prostate. The ability to precisely place a specified dose of radiation means there is less likelihood for damage to occur to healthy surrounding tissue compared to other alternative treatments. IsoRay's cancer fighting products diminish the ability of the tumor to recur, resulting in important benefits for patients in longevity as well as quality of life.
Babcock said, "Leaders in the medical arena recognize the important need for a new powerful weapon in the battle against cancer and I believe Cesium-131 is that solution."
IsoRay is the exclusive manufacturer of Cesium-131. The pioneering brachytherapy therapy is one of the most significant advances in internal radiation therapy in 20 years. Cesium-131 allows for the precise treatment of many different cancers because of its unrivaled blend of high energy and its 9.7 day half-life (its unequaled speed in giving off therapeutic radiation).
In addition to its CMS codes, Cesium-131 is FDA-cleared and holds a CE mark for international sales in seed form for the treatment of brain cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, ocular melanoma cancer, colorectal cancer, gynecologic cancer, head and neck cancer and other cancers throughout the body. The treatment can be deployed using several delivery methods including single seed applicators, implantable strands and seed sutured mesh. IsoRay also sells several new implantable devices, including the GliaSite® radiation therapy system.
IsoRay, Inc., through its subsidiary, IsoRay Medical, Inc. is the sole producer of Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds, which are expanding brachytherapy options throughout the body. Learn more about this innovative Richland, Washington company and explore the many benefits and uses of GliaSite® and Cesium-131 by visiting www.isoray.cm. Join us on Facebook/Isoray. Follow us on Twitter @Isoray.
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