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Who can get radioactive seed implants to treat prostate cancer?

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Seed implants are relatively low-energy sources, and subsequently have limited tissue penetration. Therefore, the best candidates for these procedures are patients who have a cancer that is contained within the prostate and is not very aggressive. The usual criteria for treatment include a PSA level of less than 10, a Gleason score (which measures the aggressiveness of the tumor) less than or equal to six, and minimal or no abnormality on the digital rectal exam.

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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