Prostate brachytherapy utilizes ultrasound guidance to permanently place radioactive Iodine 125 or Palladium 103 seeds directly into the prostate. The seeds continue to emit radiation until they decay. Prostate implants allow for higher radiation dose to be delivered to the prostate with decreased doses to healthy tissue. By protecting healthy tissue, side effects such as incontinence and impotence are decreased. This procedure can be done as the only source of radiation or in combination with traditional external beam radiation therapy.
Prostate seed brachytherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure and patients return home following the implantation. Patients will emit small amounts of radiation so contact with babies/children and pregnant women should be minimized. It is safe, however, for other family members to remain in the house and maintain normal activities of daily living. Your physician will discuss other side effects and precautions prior to your procedure.