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The Cancer Services offers patients access to the latest technology, including:

Prostate Brachytherapy

Also known as “interstitial radiation,” brachytherapy is the permanent implanting of radioactive “seeds” into the prostate gland. Brachytherapy delivers a prescribed dose of radiation directly to the cancer cells. There is only limited radiation to surrounding tissues such as the urethra and rectum. The seeds are usually permanently implanted and the radiation dissipates over time. Brachytherapy may be used alone or in combination with external beam radiation and/or hormonal therapy. Generally, it is an outpatient procedure. Some patients experience inability to maintain an erection (impotence), loss of bladder control (incontinence), and narrowing of the urethra (urethral strictures).

For more information, contact Cancer Services at (559) 450-5500.