Brachytherapy for prostate cancer
Brachytherapy is an internal form of radiation therapy used to treat prostate cancer. It involves placing devices containing radiation in the prostate gland close to the cancer cells. These devices, called seeds, give off radiation just around the area in which they are inserted. High-dose brachytherapy involves placing the seeds in the prostate gland for several minutes before they are removed. Low-dose brachytherapy seeds are left in the prostate permanently, even after the radioactive material has been used up. For a man with a high-risk cancer, brachytherapy is usually combined with other treatments.
Our supportive care services are available to help manage potential side effects of brachytherapy for prostate cancer, like pain. We help to manage side effects with a variety of approaches if they do occur. All of this is included into your overall treatment plan, with personalized support for you and your family.