About the Prostate Cancer Treatment Clinic
Men have choices for treating prostate cancer.
Today there are many options for men seeking prostate cancer treatment. One of the best treatment options is prostate seed implantation.
Years ago, men had to undergo major surgery and difficult, often time-consuming procedures to have effective prostate cancer treatment. Today treatment looks much different. Men don’t need to worry as much about losing sexual function or having urinary tract problems. Seed implantation is the fastest growing treatment as a simple and quick procedure that demonstrates excellent results.
Seed implantation patients experience milder and more temporary complications compared to other prostate cancer treatments.
The Prostate Seed Institute’s founder, Dr. Gregory Echt, has three decades of experience as a radiation oncologist. He has used the seed implantation procedure to treat over 5,000 men, including other radiation oncologists and urologists. The most sophisticated and technologically advanced radiation therapies are offered by Dr. Echt and his team at The Prostate Seed Institute. These treatments are the equal of any found in academic settings and major medical settings in the United States.
The Prostate Seed Institute treatments include high dose radiation implants, prostate seed implantation, and image-guided and intensity-modulated external beam radiation (IGRT and IMRT).
Gregory A. Echt, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
Prostate Seed Institute
Dr. Echt currently leads programs in radiation oncology at North Texas Cancer Center of Wise in Decatur and Las Colinas Cancer Center. Additionally, he offers treatment through private treatment centers across the region of North Texas. Dr. Echt serves people from all over including Dallas, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, Wichita Falls, Plano, Lubbock, Texarkana, Midland-Odessa, El Paso, Abilene, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio, Louisiana, Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Dr. Echt completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his residency and internship at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Board-certified by the American Board of Radiology in radiation oncology, Dr. Echt has had numerous articles published and is an active member of many medical societies.
Am I a good candidate for prostate seed implantation?
Seed implantation by itself is a great choice for those whose cancer hasn’t spread beyond the prostate gland itself. If the cancer has spread, often a combination of this therapy and external beam radiation therapy are the best choice. Dr. Echt and his entire team work with each individual patient to determine what therapy or treatments are the best choices for their circumstances.
How Does Prostate Seed Implantation Work?
Performed by radiation oncologists, prostate seed implantation is known as brachytherapy. Patients are sedated, so the one-hour outpatient procedure is considered generally painless. Using computer technologies and other medical equipment, rice-sized radioactive “seeds” are guided into place in the cancerous prostate. These “seeds” are designed to specifically target the tumor and prostate gland only, which means the area exposed to radiation is targeted and quite small. The goal of this type of treatment is to preserve the healthy tissue while still destroying all the cancer cells with radiation. Most patients can return to their regular routines within two days.
Advantages of Prostate Seed Implantation:
There are many advantages to prostate seed implantation compared to other treatment options.
- Over fifteen years’ worth of research backs this treatment method.
- Multiple medical studies have demonstrated that the cure rate with seed implantation exceeds or equals the rate from prostate removal surgeries.
- Patients need only a mild anesthetic, and the procedure is relatively painless.
- Recovery is very quick because the procedure is not as invasive as surgery.
- Seed implantation has shown to have fewer and milder complications compared with surgery.
- Rates of sexual problems are the lowest of any treatment, including after five years.
- Rates of sexual problems and urinary problems are low overall compared to other surgical options.
Disadvantages of Prostate Seed Implantation:
Every treatment has its challenges, and below are the main concerns for anyone undergoing prostate seed implantation.
- Temporary urinary frequency and urgency from moderate to severe can occur.
- A weak urinary system can persist for several months.
- Less than 5% of men require a temporary catheter due to an inability to urinate.
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a blood test used to determine the possibility of the presence of prostate cancer. Dr. Echt and his team follow the PSA values closely after seed implantation as their value can decline for several years before it reaches its lowest value. With the lowest rate of sexual problems, 20% to 30% of patients will experience this side effect. Younger patients experience side effects at a lower rate. The prostate Seed Institute has found that this side effect is normally temporary and treated with Viagra and other medications 70% to 75% of the time.
Dr. Echt and his team are happy to discuss all of your treatment options for prostate cancer. A physician referral is not necessary. Call our main scheduling office at 214.379.2700 today for your appointment.