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What is brachytherapy for prostate cancer?

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Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy that works from the inside out. You may hear it called internal radiation therapy. It delivers radiation from small radioactive seeds or pellets, each the size of a grain of rice, that your doctor places directly into your prostate. This therapy can be used to treat early-stage, slow-growing prostate cancer. It can also be combined with external radiation if there is a high risk that cancer has spread outside your prostate.

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Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

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