What is Prostate Seed Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is a form of cancer treatment in which a seed or seeds, about the size of rice, are placed directly into the prostate gland through catheters with transrectal ultrasound guidance. The prostate gland then receives continuous irradiation. The goal of this type of therapy is to kill the cancer cells where they live and spare the healthy cells surrounding this area. Implanted seeds typically remain active for about a year and at the end of that duration the radioactive material degrades and the seeds are harmless.
Preparing for Treatment
Two weeks prior to implantation you will undergo a series of routine blood tests, possibly an EKG, chest x-ray and urinalysis. It is necessary to inform your doctor of any pre-existing medical conditions and medications that are currently being taken, as they may cause complications with the therapy. All inflammatory medications, such as Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve or Naprosyn must be discontinued at least two weeks before implant surgery. You will also need to prepare your bowel prior to implantation. This can be accomplished through the use of a mild enema. The rectum needs to be empty at the time of seed placement as stool and gas can interfere with ultrasound imaging of the prostate.
Before arriving for your procedure you should have already completed the bowel prep and have ceased taking any inflammatory medications. Your perineum area will be shaved and cleaned and the appropriate anesthesia will be administered. Both a urologist and radiation oncologist will be present during the procedure. The ultrasound probe will be placed into the rectum and attached to a stabilization unit. Then the seed or seeds will be implanted. The physicians will map your prostate through ultrasound and make important treatment decisions as to how many seeds will be implanted and the where the seeds will be located in your prostate gland.
After the surgery you may experience minor side effects. These side effects may cause symptoms to arise when urinating and in dealing with your rectal and perineal areas. Please discuss with your physician any symptoms you experience, as most can be managed or treated. You will also need to schedule a follow up appointment with both your urologist and radiation oncologist. A CAT scan of your prostate will have to be done to evaluate the actual dosages of radiation that are being delivered into your system. No dyes or contrast are required for this scan.
Why Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center?
As a patient, you have a clear choice when it comes to cancer treatment. At Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, we make that decision easy by providing you with advanced treatment options using state of the art technology. Conjointly, our highly trained staff works diligently to make the total experience as convenient and comfortable as possible.
- Advanced treatment options
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- Highly trained, caring staff
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