What is a prostate seed implant?
A prostate seed implant is one of the most effective ways to cure prostate. It can deliver a precise dose of intense radiotherapy to cancer within the prostate in a minimally invasive ½ hour outpatient procedure.
During a prostate seed implant, radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate. Each seed has a radioactive source inside of it, surrounded by a titanium shell. Each seed is about the size of a grain of rice, emits a very low energy radiation, which is primarily absorbed in the prostate immediately surrounding the seed.
The procedure is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia. After the patient is anesthetized and positioned appropriately, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum. The size of the prostate gland, its exact location in addition to the location of the rectum, seminal vesicles, and bladder are assessed.
The urologist and radiation oncologist insert small hollow needles into the prostate through the perineum (space between the scrotum and anus). The radioactive seeds are then deposited into the prostate. Anywhere from 60 to 120 seeds may be implanted throughout the entire prostate. The exact location of each radioactive seed is observed on the ultrasound monitor. At the end of the procedure, the needles are removed.
The seeds remain permanently in place. However, they gradually lose their radioactivity over a period of about six months.
What are the advantages of a prostate seed implant?
- Short course of treatment compared to external beam radiotherapy.
- Only requires a single procedure.
- Does not require any overnight hospital stay.
- Excellent dose of radiotherapy to the prostate.
- Accuracy and precision of tumor specific radiation dose delivery.
- Minimal dose of radiation to bladder, rectum, and rectum.
- Organ motion (target movement) is not a problem for seed implant as it is with IMRT.
How successful is prostate seed implant?
Long-term data demonstrate excellent cure rates with prostate seed implant alone for low-risk patients, and combined prostate seed implant and external beam radiotherapy for intermediate or high-risk patients.
Are there any restrictions of activity following prostate seed implant?
There are specific radiation precautions, which are minimal. The amount of radiation that can be detected outside of the prostate is very small, so an individual may conduct normal activities in public without risk of injury to other individuals. There are some restrictions regarding proximity to pregnant women and children under the age of 13 for about one month.
Radiation Seed implant in Fort Lauderdale
Drs. Lav Goyal and Vivek Patel are board certified in radiation oncology and are experts in using prostate seed implant to successfully cure prostate cancer.
Drs. Goyal and Patel have been performing prostate seed implants for over 20 years and have one of most experienced staffs anywhere in the country. We have assembled one of the most experienced and well-trained teams in the country dedicated to curing your prostate cancer.
Aside from our board certified radiation oncologists and urologists, our clinical staff includes oncology-certified nurses, therapists, oncology-licensed dieticians, social workers, genetic counselors, oncology research coordinators, nurse navigators, board certified dosimetrists, and physicists.
The treatment of your prostate cancer is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Your cancer should be treated at a coordinated cancer center and not at a freestanding center that doesn’t offer comprehensive cancer care.
Lav Goyal, MD MBA
Vivek Patel, MD