With so many new developments in cancer care happening on a yearly basis, it’s always exciting when something comes to the forefront that is especially effective and lessens the side-effects for patients. Prostate seed implantation is one such development – something that is causing much excitement in the world of prostate cancer treatment.
During prostate seed implantation – or brachytherapy – a tiny radioactive seed is implanted in the tumor cavity or near the prostate. As the seed disintegrates, small amounts of radiation are released which targets any existing cancer cells. This is an important development in cancer treatment and there are many benefits associated with it including:
The implantation of prostate seeds is relatively painless and takes only about an hour, after which the patient is able to leave and go home. Normal routine can be resumed within just a few days. This is an important development as in the past treatment procedures were far more invasive and required a longer recovery.
With a shorter recovery also comes fewer complications. Because seed implantation does not require a major surgery, the complications that arise because of the procedure are reduced.
Sexual dysfunction and urinary issues are reduced. Traditional prostate cancer treatment procedures could result in urinary problems and even erectile dysfunction. With prostate seed implantation, these side effects are reduced.
Most importantly, prostate seed implantation has been shown to be highly effective. In fact, over the last 15 years that the procedure has been studied, it has been shown that seed implantation is equal to – or exceeds – the rate of cure achieved through surgery.
When it comes to cancer treatment, it’s always been a priority to develop procedures that are effective but also allow for the least side effects and quickest recovery for patients. Prostate seed implantation allows for all of these achievements and is fast becoming one of the best ways to treat prostate cancer.