Permanent seed implants are a form of low dose-rate interstitial brachytherapy. The isotope used is Iodine-125. These small seeds (1mm x 5mm) are inserted in the prostate, where they remain for life while radioactively decaying.
Permanent seed implants are used as monotherapy in cases of prostate tumors with a high probability of being limited to the prostate, without any need to combine it with external radiotherapy or hormone therapy. Permanent implants are ideal in these cases as they are inserted in a day-hospital environment, allowing the discharge of the patient within a few hours after the insertion of the implant.
Reduces high risk and side effects
This treatment of prostate brachytherapy allows the improvement of the quality of life and, hence, the health of the patient. How? Almost 100% of the radioactive sources that it radiates are focused on the area that needs to be treated, avoiding both major and minor side effects. This does not only result in greater well-being for the client, but also in greater efficacy to act on the prostate gland with this treatment of prostate brachytherapy. It reduces high risk and side effects, as well as urinary incontinence. A safe and effective treatment.