Prostate Seed Implants
The Cancer Institute was the first cancer program in the region to offer prostate brachytherapy (seed implant) treatment for prostate cancer. The urologists and radiation oncologists collaborate to make this significant and effective treatment alternative available to prostate cancer patients. These specialists have performed more than 700 prostate seed implants with very positive outcomes.
Brachytherapy is the implantation of radioactive seeds into the prostate gland. These seeds provide a specific dose of radiation prescribed by the physician directly to the cancer cells while decreasing the risk of radiating surrounding tissues or organs. The seeds are permanently implanted with the radiation dissipating over time. The implantation of prostate seeds is performed in an outpatient surgery setting with the average length of the procedure being about one hour.
Brachytherapy may be administered alone or in conjunction with traditional external beam radiation and/or hormone therapy depending on each individual case. Some patients do experience irritating voiding symptoms for a few days or months after implantation.