Q: Who are the best candidates for LDR prostate brachytherapy?
A: Ideally, men with localized prostate cancer who have low risk or intermediate risk disease with prostate glands who are not too large (though there ways to reduce the size of the prostate). For men with high risk or very high risk disease, LDR prostate brachytherapy combined with external beam radiation therapy (along with hormone treatment) have shown the best results.
Q: How long is the Low Dose Rate (LDR) procedure?
A: This procedure typically lasts under 1 hour and you go home the same day. As long as you can void on your own, you can go home without a catheter.
Q: What is the downtime of the procedure?
A: There is little downtime with this procedure. I typically recommend working men can return to work in a few days. There are symptoms following this procedure typically related to irritation of the bladder, but they can be managed with medications and lifestyle modifications.