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Prostate Cancer? A Seed Implant Can Save Your Life

May 19, 20149 min
Brachytherapy is when a radioactive seed is placed in or near your tumor and gives a high radiation dose to the tumor but is also reduces the radiation exposure to your surrounding healthy tissue.Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that starts within the prostate gland. The prostate gland makes up part of the man's reproductive system that wraps around his urethra.According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men with an average age at the time of diagnosis at 66.Some doctors are trying new options for treating prostate cancer called brachytherapy. According to an article on Cone Health, during this procedure, a rice grain sized tube filled with iodine 125, a radioactive agent that is inserted in the prostate to kill off the cancerous cells.The seed implantation is used primarily in men that show early stages of prostate cancer that is slow-growing.This form of treatment is well-tolerated, with very few side effects. Patients are able to return to work and normal activities within just a few days after the procedure to place the seeds.How long will this seed be inside your prostate?The radioactive material inside the seeds will decay about two months after the procedure but, the rest of the seeds will stay within the prostate forever.What else should you know about brachytherapy?Dr. Robert Murray joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss prostate cancer, the process of screening for prostate cancer and the seed implant that is used to help save your life.

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