Planting Seeds For Seed Implants

Posted on: January 17th, 2015

Do you know someone with cancer? Even more so, do you know someone with prostate cancer? It is one of the most frightening things someone can hear from their doctor and for good reason. It can cause your life, your career, and your perspective to completely change after you are diagnosed.

Now, on top of your life, you are adding the stress and emotional roller coaster of figuring out, “Where do I go for treatment?” or “What is the best treatment option?” Thankfully, Chicago Prostate Cancer Center exists for one singular purpose and that is the treatment of prostate cancer. It is all we do. The procedure that we utilize for the treatment of prostate cancer is called Brachytherapy. Before we get into the efficacy of and recovery from Brachytherapy, lets learn what it is.

Brachytherapy is a procedure in which radioactive isotopes are inserted directly into the prostate. This is also referred to as seed implants or seeds. Brachytherapy is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure usually performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. The procedure itself involves the placement of tiny radioactive seeds inside the prostate using ultrasound equipment.

Now that we know what Brachytherapy is, we can now discuss why this is a potentially ideal option. One of the reasons Brachytherapy is a great potential option is the minimally invasive nature of the procedure. Unlike a surgery where the patient is going to be cut open, Brachytherapy is simply placing seeds directly in the prostate via the perineum.

A second reason why Brachytherapy is a potentially ideal option is that less than 1% of patients experience incontinence compared to 10% via prostate surgery. Now while patients may experience frequency and urgency issues because of the procedure, having to go more often or right away are very different than being unable to control urinary function.

A final reason why Brachytherapy is a potential option is the cure rate and success of the the procedure. Due to the fact that this is an outpatient procedure, patients are typically out of the clinic the same day. Similarly, the post procedure pain is minimal at worst with a negligible infection rate. All of this combined and we have a patient who, after Brachytherapy, can return to normal activities within 48 hours  of the procedure!

Now take a moment to think about all of this. This procedure is minimally invasive and also has a outstanding cure rate which allows patients to have minimal pain and be back home the same day. This is important because you need a prostate cancer treatment plan that maximizes utility while minimizing inconveniences. This is what Brachytherapy has the potential to do!

Prostate cancer can obviously be a scary diagnosis to get, but knowing that the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center is leading the field in this specific therapy should give some relief in the midst of this. Providing a treatment option like Brachytherapy and having a driving focus of patient care, shows that you are in good hands with Chicago Prostate Cancer Center. We are chasing excellence and would not have it any other way.