Prostate Brachytherapy

What It Does: Uses radioactive seeds to fight prostate cancer from inside the prostate.

What It Is: Brachytherapy is a minimally invasive procedure where the doctor implants tiny permanent radioactive seeds (about the size of a grain of rice) into the prostate where they irradiate the cancer from inside the gland. The implanted seeds are small enough that they will not be felt by the patient. The location of the seeds are adjusted in real time utilizing a computer program and a very detailed digital ultrasound image during the procedure to precisely place the radioactive seeds and avoid normal organs like the urethra, bladder, and rectum.