Brachytherapy

This is a more recent development in which radiation is delivered from inside the prostate

Low Dose Brachytherapy (prostate seed brachytherapy) employs radioactive seeds which are permanently placed within the prostate to kill the tumour. The process is done under anaesthetic and usually requires a stay in hospital. Usually recovery is quick compared to conventional surgery. Brachytherapy side effects are mainly urinary frequency and urgency. Brachytherapy using seeds appears to have the lowest side-effects on sexual function.

Advantages include:

  • Minimally invasive one-off procedure
  • Lower risk of impotence, urinary incontinence and bowel problems
  • Patients are usually able to return to their normal activities within a few days

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