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How is a temporary (high dose rate) brachytherapy done to treat prostate cancer?

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With this technique, hollow needles are placed into the prostate gland and filled with radioactive material (iridium-192) for five to 15 minutes. After the treatment, both the iridium and the needles are removed. This is repeated two to three times over the next several days.

SOURCES: 

American Brachytherapy Association. 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Brachytherapy Association. 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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