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36 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 Implants can be alternative for having prostate cancer surgery Christiana Care now offers men, whose prostate cancer is detected early, an alternative to radical surgery or seven weeks of external beam radiation therapy. Brachytherapy, the implanting of radioactive seeds in the prostate, can be as effective as conventional therapy and usually allows patients to go home within 24 hours. "Studies show that brachythera- py patients recover faster and of- ten suffer fewer side effects than men whose prostate glands are ei- ther surgically removed or radiat- ed externally," said Dr. Viroon Donovanik, Christiana Care radia- tion oncologist, who performed the first procedure May 6 at Chris- tiana Hospital, with urologist Dr. Bruce Benge. Donovanik uses ultrasound- guided needles to insert scores of radioactive seeds - each about the size of a rice grain - in the prostate to destroy cancer cells. The ra- dioactive seeds, Iodine 125 or Pal- ladium 103, produce low-energy gamma rays that target cancer cells in the prostate but leave the rest of the body unharmed. The palladium and iodine seeds lose 90 percent of their radioactivity in two to six months, respectively, and within a year are considered inert. "Because the radiation is local- ized, men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate are the best candidates for brachythera- py," said Donovanik. Prostatectomy, or surgical re- moval of the prostate, carries with it a 50 to 100 percent risk of impo- tence and a 10 percent risk of los- ing bladder control. Daily doses of external beam radiation over sev- eral weeks entail up to a 40 per- cent risk of impotence and a 5 per- cent to 15 percent risk of rectal complications. With brachytherapy, loss of bladder control is highly unlikely in properly selected cases, and the risk of impotence ranges from 15 percent for patients under age 70 to 50 percent for those over 70, provided they were sexually ac- tive before the implant. SCAC offers AIDS 101 Monday, July 13, in Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth Beach. The class is free and open to the public. "HIV infection and AIDS con- tinues to present a challenge to all of our communities," said SCAC Executive Director Glen Pruitt. The Sussex County AIDS Com- mittee (SCAC) will offer a one- evening course, AIDS 101, at 7 p.m., Monday, July 13. The two- hour class will be held at the SCAC office, located at 107A South St., Happy Harry's donates YMCA membership Happy Harry's recently celebrated Health Month with a statewide promotion for healthy children. Participants reg- istered at Happy Harry's for a drawing for $1,000 worth of membership and programming at the YMCA. The winning ticket was drawn at the Millsboro Happy Harry's. Winners shown are (l-r) Lynn Hoffer and her son, Josh, of Millsboro; with Happy Harry's manager Pat Homan and Sussex Family YMCA director Celia Givens. "Delaware consistently ranks sixth or seventh in the nation in terms of the rate of AIDS cases in our population. When we look at the rate of infection per 100,000 people, Delaware's rate is greater than even California's." One of the most powerful tools in the fight against AIDS is educa- tion, and SCAC has committed it- self to helping in that fight. Six times a year, the organization of- fers an AIDS 101 class. The class gives basic information about HIV/AIDS, its transmission and prevention. There is also time available in the class for participants to ask their own questions about whatev- er issues are on their minds. The class is taught by Hank Barczak, immediate past president of the SCAC board of directors and a certified HIV/AIDS educator. The class is free, but preregis- tration is suggested. Participants who complete the two-hour class will earn certificates of achieve- ment. To register or for more in- formation, call the SCAC office at 644-1090. Why get your magnetic resonance scan in a tunnel, when you can have a state of the art OPEN MRI? Locations in Dover, Milford, Lewes and Seaford. ummer is coming! It's not too late to look Good/ ,all NA WEJGHT MANAG_rr Call 644-2990 for details ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. NANCY A. UNION, M.D. KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D. SUE ISAACS, P.A.-C Internal Medicine Ages 16 and Older RENATA B. DIDYK, M.D. Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Endocrinology (diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid, and other glandular disorders). 645-6644 119 W. Third Street, Lewes, DE Hours Monday-Friday by Appointment New Patients Welcome Accepting Medicare * Principal Health Care AmeriHealth Blue Cross/Blue Shield Aetna-US Healthcare 24-hour Emergency Medical Care Minor emergencies demand expert care. When you're too far from your family doctor, and you don't need to call 911, you can depend on Beebe Emergency Medical Centers. Beebe Emergency Center, in Millville, and Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes, meet your needs with emergency-trained specialists at both locations, 24 hours a day. For emergency medical care: Millville ! "['1 I Millville " Near Belhany and Fenwick ive loints J Medical Center Lwes lewes Lewes, near Rehobeth and Dewey Beach BEEBE EMERGENCY CENTER Rou 26, just west of Rt. 1 and Ihe Canal Bridge, MillviUe (41/2 miles vvst of Belhany Beach) Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For emergency information, call 539-8450. BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY SERVICES Savannah Road, east of Rt. 1, Lewes Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. For emergency information, call 645-3291. Dial 911 for life'threatening emergencies. Call-A-Nurse at 645-3332 for phone advice. Beebe Medical Center