WHAT ARE THEY?
What are commonly referred to as seeds are actually tiny metallic cylinders made of titanium, 4.75mm by 0.75mm diameter. They contain a radioactive material which is either Iodine 125 or Palladium 103 isotope.
HOW ARE THEY CREATED?
Iodine 125 and Palladium 103 are man-made radioactive materials created through the use of a machine known as a cyclotron. Once the radioactive material has been created, it is encased in a titanium shell which is then microscopically welded in order to completely retain the radioactive source.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Radioactive materials emit energy which selectively kill cancer cells.
WHAT HAS BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE?
Experience has helped us to determine who is a candidate for seed implantation alone. For example, our data has helped us to select those patients who would benefit from a combined approach treatment schedule such as intensity modulated radiation (IMRT) followed by seed implantation.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED?
We have performed hundreds of prostate implants with an extremely high success rate of local control along with a minimal complication rate. Our results are constantly analyzed and made available for both physician and patient reviews.