Brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer
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Can I invite you to join our Prostate cancer Group where you meet others with the same condition as yourself.
Macmillans have a series of publications that might be of interest to you which can be found here
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As I was unsure what the nature of your question was I have noted the following for your information
Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where the radiation dose is delivered inside the prostate gland. It's also known as internal or interstitial radiotherapy.
The radiation can be delivered using a number of tiny radioactive seeds surgically implanted into the tumour. This is called low-dose-rate brachytherapy.
The radiation can also be delivered through thin, hollow needles placed inside the prostate. This is called high-dose-rate brachytherapy.
The idea behind this method is to deliver a high dose of radiation to the prostate while minimising damage to other tissues. However, the risk of urinary problems is higher than with radiotherapy, although the risk of sexual dysfunction is the same. The risk of bowel problems is slightly lower.
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I hope the above is of interest and if you join our Prostate cancer Group I am sure you will be given a lot of information and help.
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