Treatment of prostate cancer with prostate seed implants
Posted by CancerInformation on November 26th, 2013
There are limitations to the traditional treatments of prostate cancer with the help of chemotherapy, external radiation therapy and surgery. These limitations are decreased to quite an extent with the method involving prostate seed implants. A larger numbers of doctors all over the world are getting specialized training in the application of this procedure as an effective treatment for prostate cancer. There are many benefits of this treatment by implanting radiation seeds in the prostate gland in order to cure cancer.
The technique of implanting radioactive seeds in the cancerous prostate gland uses about 40 injections at regular intervals to implant about 150 radioactive seeds. This method of treatment is also known as brachytherapy. Due to the fact that these seeds are small in size, the area that they affect is also small. A large number of seeds are required to be implanted for effective treatment. The radiation emanating from these seeds only affects the cells that are in close proximity to the place where the seeds are implanted. The spread of the disease in the prostate gland has to be studied and an exact determination made regarding the exact location of the cancerous cells for an effective treatment. The radioactive prostate seed implants are then deposited within these areas so that they are able to have an effect on the cancerous cells directly.
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