Brachytherapy is a minimally invasive and out-patient procedure. It is a form of radiation therapy and mainly used to treat prostate cancer. It involves insertion of multiple radioactive seeds into the prostate via small needles. Pre-planning process for brachytherapy involves coordination of radiation oncologist, physicist, and urologist.
How to prepare for the procedure
Brachytherapy is performed under a form of anesthesia. When preparing to have a procedure performed under anesthesia you can expect to start fasting the night prior to your procedure. Please consult with your surgeon to discuss the pre-operative testing which may include; blood work, chest x-ray, EKG, discontinuation of medications, and clearance for other medical reasons. The procedure will be done at the hospital or outpatient surgery center.