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The Types of Radioactive Seed Implants for Prostate Cancer

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The Types of Radioactive Seed Implants for Prostate Cancer

Dr. Kiran Kancharia explains in detail the two types of radioactive seed implants used on patients with prostate cancer.

Lewisville, TX – Dec 27, 2018 – Prostate seed implants are one of the advancements made in prostate cancer treatment. They are minimally invasive, same day procedures with very few complications and side effects. Small radioactive seeds are implanted into the tumor cavity where they break down and release small doses of radiation to the site. Prostate seed implants can be administered alone or alongside other therapies in cases of high risk or advanced stages of the disease.

The procedure of prostate seed implant takes about an hour, and has low energy sources with little tissue penetration,” explained Dr. Kancharia. “After the implant, the patient can go back home on the same day and return to normal activities within a few days.”

The two types of prostate seed implants (brachytherapy) include:

Permanent (Low Dose Rate) Brachytherapy – This is a treatment procedure for localized prostate cancer. The doctor implants radioactive seeds into the prostate gland guided by an ultrasound. The computer generates a treatment that determines the number of seeds and the location they’ll be placed in the prostate. The implants stay permanently in place and gradually become biologically inert after some months. Doses of radiation are delivered with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.

Temporary (High Dose Rate) Brachytherapy – This is used to treat men with locally advanced prostate cancer or those with intermediate risk. Hollow catheters or needles are placed into the prostate gland. They are then filled with radioactive material for five to fifteen minutes. The radioactive material is removed after each treatment. The procedure is repeated two to three times for a few days. The catheters or needles are removed after the final treatment.

“Seed implants are designed for patients with less aggressive, localized prostate cancer,” continued Dr. Kancharia. “Proper placement of the implants is guided by an MRI or CAT scan. A transrectal ultrasound could be carried out at the same time as the radioactive seed implant.”

About Lewisville/Flower Mound Oncology Group

The Lewisville/Flower Mound Oncology Group has state-of-the-art facilities that offer individualized care to patients throughout North Texas. With a team of expert oncologists and other specialists on staff, the Lewisville/Flower Mound Oncology Group treats a variety of cancers and blood disorders with an eye towards the newest advancements available in diagnostic technology and treatments.

Contact Details:

Lewisville/Flower Mound Oncology Group
500 W. MainSuite 380
Lewisville, Texas 75057
972.316.4220
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Why You Should Move to Tennessee

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Tennessee is famous for its mountains, its Volunteers and its music, but are all of those reasons to possibly pick and move? The answer is yes. Tennessee has a low cost of living, great southern food to fall in love with, gorgeous scenery to build a home on, very low tax burdens, and oh yeah, amazing music. Instead of moving to the home of sun and hurricanes, think of another option that will be kind to you in the long run.




Low cost of living

  • Moving is expensive, just like living. However, moving to the mountainous Tennessee will do wonders for your wallet considering it is the second cheapest state to live in. If you need to rent for a while, you won’t break the bank or just throw money away, and there is no income tax. Sure does sound tempting! If you move without a job, you won’t be down for too long since the state also has a low unemployment rate. Items you need to live such as groceries, health, and housing are below the national average to contribute to the low cost of living.

Gorgeous landscape

  • If you have to go through the hassle of moving, don’t you want to move somewhere beautiful? You can live minutes away from exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Lover’s Leap waterfall if you move your clan to Tennessee. You might as well buy new hiking boots or dust off your old one because there is no better place to just take-in the sights that Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls trails in Tennessee.

The culture, really, the music

  • It is no coincidence that everyone thinks of Elvis or country music stars when they think of Tennessee. I mean the state capital is Music City, better known as Nashville. So, when you are searching for Nashville houses for sale, remember that the Grand Ole Oprey, the most famous stage in country music, is right in the heart of the city. There are year-round music festivals in Tennessee, two of which are the CMA Music Festival and the Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival, two of the biggest music attractions in the nation.

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Southern comfort, meaning food, and maybe whiskey

  • If you live in the glory of Tennessee, you can bask in their famous southern food and hospitality on a daily basis. They also have one or two famous whiskey makers in the state, so a good drink isn’t too far away.

Warm weather

  • The winters are mild and the summers are hot and humid, but there are plenty of lakes to jump into to cool off and grab a tan. There are four seasons in Tennessee, but they don’t have Midwest winters, and their summer is longer than their winter.




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