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.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 22, 2022

The First Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 22, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. For information and to register please visit www.parsforprostate.ca

Dr. Black

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 18th, 2022

The 42nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 18, 2022. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

With just a tablespoon of blood, B.C. researchers aim to transform cancer treatment

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dr. Govind Kaigala appointed Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Govind Kaigala