Prostate Cancer is rarely the same in each individual and needs to be treated according to the disease. After diagnosis is made, we can recommend a full spectrum of treatment options including da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy, RapidArc™ 360° Radiotherapy, High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, Radioactive Seed Implants and Cryoablation Therapy. We are currently able to offer High Dose Rate Brachytherapy.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
With the patient under general anesthesia, a template is used to guide the placement of a number of needles into the prostate by passing the needles through the skin in the area between the scrotum and anus. A CT scan is obtained to determine the position of each needle relative to the prostate. This information is then transferred into the treatment planning computer and a treatment plan is formulated. A computer controlled machine then runs a tiny radioactive pellet out into each individual needle. The radioactive pellet is then stopped at pre-determined locations within each needle for a pre-determined period of time to deliver a precisely sculpted dose of radiation to the entire prostate. A second application is delivered later the same day. The needles are then removed and the patient goes home. A second set of two applications is typically delivered a few weeks later.