Treating prostate cancer with brachytherapy
Have you had brachytherapy that didn’t work?
The improper placement of radioactive seeds can have adverse consequences for the patient. The misplacement can lead to under-dosing the proper area, then requiring surgery to remove the radioactive seeds.
What is brachytherapy involving the prostate?
The seeds are made of titanium and contain a small amount of either palladium or iodine. After placement, the seeds emit an intense amount of radiation to the cancer in the prostate, and only minimal radiation outside the prostate to other areas, such as the bladder and rectum.
In this article
- Permanent (Low Dose Rate) Brachytherapy: LDR
- Temporary (High Dose Rate) Brachytherapy: HDR
- Who Is Eligible For This Procedure?
- What Happens Before The Procedure?
- What Happens During The Procedure?
- What Are The Results?
- What Are The Side Effects?
This technique is being used in Florida and in Iowa. This from Terk Oncology & Center for Prostate Care.
Most men with prostate cancer are choosing a radioactive seed implant for treatment due to its superior long-term results and lack of long-term side effects. Our own recently published studies have shown that with 10 years of follow-up, a seed implant is a very effective treatment for prostate cancer. If found early, more than 98% of our patients are cured of their cancer.
Prostate seed implantation is based upon the use of tiny radioactive seeds, each smaller than a grain of rice. The seeds are made of titanium and contain a small amount of either palladium or iodine. After placement, the seeds emit an intense amount of radiation to the cancer in the prostate, and only minimal radiation outside the prostate to other areas, such as the bladder and rectum. The seeds are permanently inactive after a few months. Cancer cells are much more sensitive to radiation than normal cells and can be selectively killed.
If your brachytherapy procedure required a second or third procedure to remove the seeds you may have a case for malpractice.
For help with evaluating your case, contact the Lombardi Law Firm.
More to read:
- Brachytherapy (Radioactive Seed Implantation Therapy) in Prostate Cancer Technique
- Tests and Procedures - Brachytherapy
- Cleveland Clinic, Prostate Cancer: Basics
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