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Prostate Cancer Radiation and Seed Implants Offer an Alternative for Texas Men

Texas men who find themselves among the estimated 160,000 across the country expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the coming year will find they do have options available. Prostate cancer radiation and seed implants treatment in Texas may provide a highly viable way to treat the disease without requiring surgery. Considered suitable mainly in lower to moderate risk cases, seed implants have a strong track record for success while potentially cutting side effect risks in the process.

Seed implants, also known as brachytherapy, involve the implantation of tiny radioactive pellets directly into the diseased prostate gland. Once in place, these seeds deliver a highly targeted dose of radiation directly to cancerous tissue while lowering the likelihood of damage to nearby healthy tissue. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and requires only about an hour to perform. Higher risk cases may involve a stronger radiation dose and a slightly different procedure that does require a hospital stay.

There are many reasons why brachytherapy is the preferred treatment path when its use is indicated. The procedure is much less invasive than the radical prostatectomy and is associated with a lower side effect risk. Seed implants have an effective rate that ranges as high as 93 percent, which is better than standard external beam radiation and only slightly less than surgical intervention. The option also presents with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction than surgery.

Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Texas are urged to review all treatment options, their benefits and possible risks closely with their healthcare provider. Surgery may be indicated in some cases, but it isn’t the only choice men have available in others. The best advice for treatment, however, will hinge on factors unique to a man’s case, including stage and aggressiveness of the tumor.

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