This is a one-stage treatment for early prostate cancer in which tiny radioactive seeds are implanted directly into the cancerous prostate gland. It may be performed as a day case or overnight stay. Seeds the size of a grain of rice are implanted into the prostate gland under a general anaesthetic. A trans-rectal ultrasound allows the seeds to be precisely positioned within the prostate. A “real time” planning computer monitors the procedure to ensure that the desired radiation dose is given to the gland whilst the surrounding structures are spared. By delivering radiation directly into the prostate, the side effects can be minimised and patients rapidly return to their normal activities
For more information, please visit the Prostate Project website.