Prostate Seed Implants
Some men with prostate cancer may be candidates for prostate brachytherapy. This is a procedure performed in the operating room by a urologist and a radiation oncologist where 70 to 100 radioactive seeds are permanently implanted into the prostate to destroy cancer tissue.
High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy
High-dose rate brachytherapy is used with certain cancers to avoid damaging healthy tissue, and may kill more cancer cells in fewer treatments. High-Dose Rate (HDR) treatments are where a radioactive source is placed through a catheter into the tumor or the cavity where the tumor was removed. The number of treatments can be drastically reduced for those patients. The patients that could benefit from this type of treatment are breast (Mammosite), gynecological and lung (Endobronchial Brachytherapy).