Brachytherapy

In the 1960’s, the permanent insertion of radioactive material into the prostate gland developed. Doctors tried the interstitial insertion of gold -198 or Iodine - 125 seeds into the prostate gland in conjunction with EBRT. Unfortunately, the success of these techniques was poor due to the inability to see the prostate gland and the surrounding organs. Not until around 1980’s, when doctors began to use a transperineal needle temple, transperineal needles, and the transrectal ultrasound, did Brachytherapy become a viable prostate cancer treatment.

Types Of Prostate Brachytherapy

There are two types of Brachytherapy that are used in the treatment of prostate cancer: Permanent Low Dose Radiation (LDR) and Temporary High Dose Radiation (HDR).

LDR Brachytherapy uses iodine -125 and palladium -103 stored in titanium cases, usually referred to as Brachytherapy Seeds. As the name Permanent Brachytherapy suggest, the seeds are permanently left inside the prostate gland. Over the course of their radioactive lives, the seeds will continuously emit low levels of radiation.

HDR Brachytherapy uses a single radioactive seed made of iridium -194, which is sometimes referred to as an iridium wire. Soft flexible plastic catheters are inserted through the perineum, and into the prostate gland. HDR Brachytherapy entails an overnight stay in the hospital, during which a patient undergoes two or three treatments with the wire through each catheter.

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Movember Foundation 2018

Movember 2018

The Movember Foundation's fundraiser runs from November 1 to 30.  Click here to donate to The Vancouver Prostate Centre team as we join teams across Canada to raise funds for men's health research in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

An innovative new study advances personalized medicine for prostate cancer patients

Drs Chi and Wyatt
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Three researchers receive Prostate Cancer Canada & Movember Foundation grants for biomarker development