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Prostate Cancer Blog: Novel Radiation Therapy Technique For Prostate Cancer

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Jan 6, 2006

Novel Radiation Therapy Technique For Prostate Cancer

Novel Radiation Therapy Technique For Prostate Cancer
Brachytherapy is using Cesium-131 is a novel radiation therapy technique for the treatment of prostate cancer. Brachytherapy is different from the conventional radiation therapy. In conventional radiation therapy radiation beams are projected in to the area of the body that needs to be treated. In Brachytherapy, the urologist or radiation oncologist puts several radioactive beads in and around the prostate gland. Radiation from the radioactive beads kills or arrests the growth of the cancer with minimal damage to healthy tissue. This helps prevent incontinence and preserve the nerves that allow for erection.

Brachytherapy as such is not a new technique, but the use of Cesium-131 for brachytherapy of prostate cancer is a relatively new development. Cesium-131, which was approved in 2003 by the FDA for use in brachytherapy for prostate cancer and other malignancies, has several advantages over other radioactive isotopes. Compared to Iodine-125 and Palladium-103, which are commonly used alternatives, Cesium-131 has a higher energy, shorter half-life, and uses a lower total dose of radiation.

Compared to Iodine-125 and Palladium-103, it has a higher energy, shorter half-life, and uses a lower total dose of radiation. Cesium-131 has a half-life of about 10 days, compared to a half-life of 17 days and 60 days for Palladium-103 and Iodine-125, respectively. A shorter half-life means faster dose delivery, that cancer cells have less opportunity to repopulate, and less protracted radiation to normal healthy tissues.


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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

Prostate Cancer Blog: Novel Radiation Therapy Technique For Prostate Cancer

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