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How does brachytherapy help treat prostate cancer?

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Radioactive seeds (brachytherapy) deliver radiation to the prostate with little damage to surrounding tissues. During the procedure, the tiny radioactive seeds, each like a grain of rice, are implanted in the prostate gland using ultrasound guidance. The implants remain in place permanently and become inactive after many months. Some men with prostate cancer get brachytherapy along with traditional radiation. Sometimes, if the prostate gland is too large for brachytherapy, doctors give hormone therapy to shrink the prostate so that brachytherapy can be done.

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American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

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