Treatment for cancer of any kind can put a damper on normal daily activities, especially if what you are undergoing has resulted in side-effects. For men with prostate cancer who are just beginning to work with their doctors regarding a treatment plan, they may worry about what treatment will mean to their lives and if treatment will require becoming accustomed to a “new normal”.
Prostate cancer is often a very slow-growing disease that can be treated very effectively while still allowing men to live their lives as normal. In fact, one of the more modern treatment methods for prostate cancer is prostate seed implantation – one of the most effective treatments for prostate cancer as well as having the distinction of being non-invasive, painless, and fast.
Here are some of the facts regarding prostate seed implantation:
During prostate seed implantation, tiny radioactive seeds are inserted directly into the prostate itself. As the seeds deteriorate, a low dose of radiation is slowly released into the area which kills cancer cells. Eventually, the seed disappears entirely leaving no trace of radiation behind. This is a treatment with pinpoint accuracy which diminishes any impact to nearby organs or tissues and which allows for ongoing treatment to the prostate area without disrupting the patient.
Prostate seed implantation is also referred to as brachytherapy or internal radiation and the process of implanting the seeds themselves takes only about an hour. The patient is not required to stay in the hospital following the procedure and can, in fact, go about their daily routine as normal. Many doctors have found this to be a highly effective treatment plan that balances the importance of addressing the patient’s cancer while honoring the importance of the patient being able to maintain a normal routine. Because mental and emotional health is such an important part of the treatment process, prostate seed implantation can go a long way towards effective, integrated care.