LDR brachytherapy

Also known as: Low-dose-rate brachytherapy, Prostate seed implant, Prostate brachytherapy, 1-125 brachytherapy
LDR involves the longer placement of the temporary (several days) or permanent radiation source into the tumor area such as prostate seed implant or prostate brachytherapy. Using ultrasound volume studies of your prostate, the radiation oncologist, urologist and physicist will determine both the number of radioactive seeds (generally 70-150) needed to treat the cancer and exactly where the seeds should be permanently placed. The procedure lasts about 45 minutes to one hour and is done in the operating room. These radioactive seeds give low dose energy x-rays which are confined to the prostate – they destroy the cancer in the prostate but leave the rest of the body alone. The seeds give up their radioactivity within a short time. A permanent implant remains in the body after the sources are no longer radioactive.

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