Prostate Radiation Seed Therapy
Radioactive seed implants are a form of radiation therapy for patients with prostate cancer. Brachytherapy or internal radiation therapy are also terms used to describe this procedure.
Seed Brachytherapy is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure usually performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure involves the placement of tiny seeds that contain a radioactive isotope inside the patient’s prostate using the guidance of ultrasonic equipment. This technique allows a high dose of radiation to be delivered to the patient’s prostate with limited damage to surrounding tissues.
Patients are given local or general anesthesia to block the pain and help with relaxation. On average the treatment takes just under one hour from start to finish. Data shows shorter recovery time, fewer long-term complications and excellent long-term survival rates for patients.