Prostate Brachytherapy

In this approach (Prostate Brachytherapy – low dose rate, or LDR), pellets (seeds) of radioactive material (palladium-103) are placed inside thin needles, which are inserted through the skin in the area between the scrotum and anus and into the prostate under ultrasound guidance. The pellets are left in place as the needles are removed and give off low doses of radiation for weeks or months. Radiation from the seeds travel a very short distance, so the seeds can give off a higher dose of radiation in a very small contained area. This limits the amount of damage to nearby healthy tissues.

Usually, around 100 seeds are placed, but this depends on the size of the prostate. Because the seeds are so small, they seldom cause discomfort, and are simply left in place.

Brachytherapy can be used as the single treatment option or can be combined with external beam radiation. This is dependent upon whether you are a low, intermediate, or high risk prostate cancer diagnosis.


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