Description of Medical ServiceLDR Brachytherapy is the insertion of tiny radioactive capsules or ‘seeds’ into the prostate gland. Generally, 80-120 seeds will be implanted. The radiation from the seeds targets the tumour and destroys the cancerous cells. The seeds are inserted via a hollow needle through the perineum. The procedure is guided by transrectal ultrasound.
Description of Medical ConditionCancer of the prostate gland that is classified as intermediate or high-risk. Intermediate risk prostate cancer is defined as having a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) measurement of 10-20 nanograms per millilitre of blood (ng/ml) and/or a Gleason score of 7 and/or a tumour classified as T2b-c. High-risk prostate cancer is classified as having a PSA of greater than 20 and/or a Gleason score of 8-10 and/or a tumour classified as T3 OR 2 or more intermediate risk features.
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Medical Service TypeTherapeutic
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