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What is Brachytherapy?

Until fairly recently, the two preferred methods of treating prostate cancer were surgery or radiation. Each is effective, but there are some drawbacks, primarily the risk of impotence or incontinence.

A newer treatment method called brachytherapy uses small radioactive "seeds" implanted directly around the cancerous tissue. The patient effectively carries his treatment around with him. The seeds give off low-level radiation for about a year, destroying the cancer cells. Since only a small amount of tissue is irradiated by each seed, the amount of radiation reaching the adjacent organs such as the colon or bladder is minimized, so there is a reduced risk of damage to these organs.

Prostate Brachytherapy From Phoebe in Southwest Georgia

Prostate brachytherapy is an option available to patients at the Phoebe Cancer Center in Albany, Georgia. Depending on the patient's case, brachytherapy may also be supplemented by a course of external radiation therapy. In almost all cases, the patient can quickly return to his normal daily activities.

Brachytherapy requires the expertise of professionals from several disciplines, and is a cooperative procedure done by our radiation oncologists and urologists. 

For more information about cancer treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please call the Phoebe Cancer Center at 1-800-490-0684.

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