مستشفى سليمان الحبيب التخصصي بالخبرطريق الملك فهد ، البندرية ، الخبر 34423 ، المملكة العربية السعودية, الخبر
Brachytherapy is a treatment that places radioactive sources inside the patient temporarily or permanently to damage the DNA of cancer cells and destroy their growth. In this case, radioactive ‘seeds’ are placed in the prostate gland to destroy prostate cancer cells.
Brachytherapy usually takes 30 minutes or more. Before performing the intervention, you will be given a sedative medication so that you do not feel any pain, in the form of:
Prostate brachytherapy is used in men with prostate cancer that is diagnosed early and is expected to grow or progress slowly. Treatment may be advised as it has fewer complications and side effects than conventional radiotherapy.
Prostate brachytherapy consists of two steps:
For prostate cancer there are two different types of brachytherapy:
Before prostate brachytherapy it is important that the specialist has a complete understanding of any medication that you might be taking. In addition, ultrasound, X-ray or a CT scan may be performed prior to performing the procedure. You may be required to stop taking anticoagulant medications.
On the day of the intervention, you will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand.
After prostate brachytherapy, it is normal to feel light-headed and drowsy. However, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, so you can return home the same day.
If you have received a low dose of radiation or a permanent implant, the doctor may recommend that you stay away from children and pregnant women for a few days after the intervention. However, after a few weeks the radiation disappears along with the risk of damage.