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Prostate patients may also be treated using brachytherapy in the form of seed implants. Since the late 1980’s, this procedure has been performed successfully in thousands of patients as an outpatient surgical implantation. Using the rectal ultrasound as a guide, the prostate is implanted with hollow needles. Through these needles, permanent radioactive seeds are inserted. Each seed is about the size of a grain of rice. The seeds are permanent and do not dissolve, nor are they removed at a later date. Radiation is then “released” continuously: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as the radioactive pellets continuously deposit radiation within the prostate.
Each year our physicians perform hundreds of permanent low dose rate implants in the treatment of prostate cancer. This can be the sole treatment for early stage prostate cancer or used as a radiation “boost” after a shortened series of external radiation treatments. Our group is committed to leadership in prostate implantation. We continually upgrade equipment and techniques. Our physicians are always seeking innovations through research and bring these to our patients quickly and safely. Our specialists at are recognized leaders in the field and frequent lecturers on implant procedures.
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