A positive diagnosis of prostate cancer is never, ever the kind of news any man wants to hear. When that diagnosis comes with the recommendation for prostate seed implant therapy, however, there is cause to relax just a little. This alternative to other forms of prostate cancer treatment is less invasive, highly effective, and can help men go about their normal routines as they battle the disease.
Prostate seed implants involve the surgical implantation of tiny radioactive seeds in or directly near the cancerous tumor. Unlike more invasive methods for treatment, this type of therapy is handled on an outpatient basis. That means you can go home the very same day the procedure happens. These seeds that are implanted are designed to target the tumor more directly while killing off the cancerous cells. They break down over time, which means that removal isn’t necessary.
All told, seed implant therapy takes about an hour to complete. Once done, the patient can actually walk out of the clinic with no major recovery time anticipated. Most patients find themselves back at their normal routine within a day or so. While the therapy might have to be repeated a few times for maximum effectiveness, it’s not very disruptive to the normal routine and has lower risks associated with it than traditional surgery.
So, how effective is this therapy?
Seed implant therapy has been used to treat prostate cancer for about 15 years or so. In that time, it has proven itself extremely effective. In fact, it has been shown to be as effective and sometimes more so than surgery. The therapy is also known to have one of the lowest rates of sexual dysfunction associated with it compared to others forms of prostate cancer treatment.
Prostate cancer is serious business, but that doesn’t mean life has to go on hold during treatment. If seed implant therapy is a recommended choice, it’s well worth exploring. This minimally invasive procedure can help you beat cancer while limiting your side effect risks in the process.