Brachytherapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer, Advantages and Disadvantages

Permanent seed brachytherapy treatment is the most famous treatment for prostate cancer, which involves tiny radioactive seed implant for prostate cancer into the prostate gland of the patient suffering with prostate cancer. The radiation from these radioactive seeds will destroy the cancer cells in the prostate gland, and reduce cancer.

To be eligible for this permanent seed brachytherapy,

  • If you are suffering with localized prostate cancer which means, the cancer is contained within the prostate gland,
  • The PSA level is 10ng/ml or less,
  • The Gleason score is 6 or less, and
  • The stage of your cancer is T1 – T2a.

This treatment which involves seed implant for prostate cancer can still be carried on, even if the PSA level is between 10 and 20, and the Gleason score is 7, with the condition that the cancer is unlikely to spread outside of the prostate.

The treatment procedure is not at all viable to proceed if the prostate gland is large, and are having severe problems while passing urine, or if you have recently undergone an operation called TURP, transurethral resection of the prostate.

Temporary brachytherapy or high dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is another type of brachytherapy treatment similar to permanent seed brachytherapy.

Advantages and Disadvantages

After the treatment, one patient’s advantage might not be there for another someone else. If you are referred to the permanent seed brachytherapy treatment for your prostate cancer, then it is better to consult the doctor or nurse before deciding whether to have the treatment or not. They will surely able to help you out, whether the permanent seed brachytherapy treatment will be suitable for your condition or not. There is definitely no urgency in making the right decision, so it is better to give yourself some time to think about whether the permanent seed brachytherapy treatment suits you or not.


  • After the treatment, there will be a quick recovery from it, so most of the men can return to their daily normal activities as soon as possible after the treatment.
  • The radiation will have its impact only inside the prostate gland, so there will be only less damage to the surrounding areas.
  • The hospitalization will only be for two to three days for undergoing and after the treatment procedure.
  • It might be necessary for you to undergo with the hormone therapy or cryotherapy, if ever the cancer returns affecting the prostate gland. But, it is not very common and is very rare to happen.


  • The treatment of permanent seed brachytherapy will have side effects such as urinary, erection and bowel problems.
  • You will have side effects due to having a general anesthetic.
  • The result of the treatment will only be known after some period, so you should have patience in determining success of the treatment.
  • After undergoing the treatment, you need to avoid being near to pregnant women or children, for the first two months.

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