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WHY SEED IMPLANTATION?

Seed implants have demonstrated equivalent survival results when compared to surgery out to 20 years, but impotency and incontinence rates are far lower. Time at the surgery center with a seed implant is a matter of hours and catheters are rarely necessary after the procedure.

HOW ARE SEEDS IMPLANTED?

Seeds are implanted through a tiny hollow needle which is inserted through the skin and into the prostate gland. The procedure is performed in a sterile environment and the patients typically go home within 2 to 3 hours following the seed insertion.

HOW IS THE PLAN DEVISED?

Patients undergoing a seed implantation have a special ultrasound scan prior to the procedure. This, coupled with the rest of the staging studies or tests, is utilized by Dr. Schreiber, or your radiation oncologist to determine a target volume. From this target volume a computer seed placement coordinate plan is generated, showing the position where each seed is to be placed. This is then modified by Dr. Schreiber, or your radiation oncologist, intra-operatively to fit the exact prostate anatomy.

WHO FORMULATES THE PLAN?

Plans are formulated by Dr. Schreiber, or your radiation oncologist personally. All plans are checked by a radiation dosimetrist and physicist before final approval. Our physicists and brachytherapy dosimetrists have extensive background and experience in the discipline of therapeutic radiation oncology.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PATIENT?

This means that your plan has been developed by a comprehensive team with an extensive academic background in brachytherapy and cancer care. This team effort means we can determine the best way the radiation can be delivered in your particular case without creating other dangerous side effects.