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Prostate Cancer
Brachytherapy

One of the most promising and innovative treatments for prostate cancer is brachytherapy, or "interstitial seed implant therapy," in which tiny radioactive pellets, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted directly into the prostate through hollow needles that are carefully placed to encircle the tumor. This less invasive procedure is effective in reducing the size of local prostate tumors, and preserves potency in more than 60 percent of cases. Additionally, it has the advantage of delivering a higher dose of therapeutic radiation directly to the tumor, without excessively irritating surrounding tissues.

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