Prostate Radioactive Seed Implant Therapy
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation reports that when caught and treated early, prostate cancer has a cure rate of over 90%. Prostate Radiaoactive Seed Implant Therapy is a method of treatment available for localized cancer of the prostate.
How it works
In order to kill the cancer, your physician will place radioactive " seeds" into your prostate gland. These seeds give off low energy gamma rays which are just right for destroying cancer in the prostate without going for enough to harm healthy tissue. The seeds, either iodine 125 or palladium 103, deliver about 50% of their radioactivity within 2 months and 17 days respectively. During the first two months, some radiation precautions at home are necessary. After two months, the radiation level is substantially less. By one year, the radioactivity can be considered gone. The radioactive seeds are very tiny and about the size of a straight pin and are shorter than a grain of rice. Typically, the physician will place about 70 to 150 of the seeds into your prostate gland. The exact number is dependent on the size of your prostate gland.
Following the procedure you will be scheduled for a series of follow-ups with your radiation oncologist. You will continue to follow-up with your urologist and radiation oncologist every three to six months for the first five years.
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