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Prostate Cancer Treatment

If you have prostate cancer, brachytherapy may be the right treatment for you.

Brachytherapy utilizes radioactive seeds placed inside the cancerous tissue and positioned in a manner to attack the cancer most efficiently. About the size of a grain of rice, the radioactive seeds emit radiation that travels only a few millimeters to kill nearby cancer cells. Imaging tests such as CT scans or MRI are used to help guide placement of the seeds.

Proven very effective and safe, brachytherapy provides a good alternative to surgical prostate removal while reducing the risk of certain long-term side effects such as incontinence, painful urination and erectile dysfunction.

A radiation oncologist and urologist perform the procedure. Both physicians are involved in all aspects of implantation, from the planning to post-operative care.

The main benefit of this outpatient procedure is minimal down time. Most patients return to normal activities within a few days.

To find out if brachytherapy is an option for you, call today to schedule an appointment.

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