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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Radioactive Seeds Procedure
My brother-in-law was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. His father died from the disease. My brother-in-law had regular PSA screenings and the cancer was recently detected through a biopsy. If caught early, what is a possible prognosis and what treatments are available? His doctor mentioned, "radioactive seeds." Could you explain what this procedure is?
Seeds are small (about the size of a grain of rice) radioactive material that is placed in the prostate to eradicate the malignancy. Approximately 100 may be placed while the patient is asleep and the procedure may take one to one and one half hours. It is typically done as an outpatient procedure. The other procedure is surgical removal of the prostate - a radical prostatectomy. You brother-in-law should speak with a radiation therapist and urologist who can explain the pros and cons of these two approaches. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University