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How is brachytherapy used to treat advanced prostate cancer?

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Brachytherapy uses small pellets, about the size of rice grains, which slowly give off radiation inside your prostate. Doctors will give you medicine to put you to sleep or make your body numb, then put the pellets in through thin needles.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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