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With brachytherapy, radioactive seeds are surgically inplanted near the tumor. The theory is that brachytherapy does not iradiate surrounding tissue as with external beam radiation and is therefore less damaging. For technical reasons, brachytherapy cannot be used where a prostate is too enlarged.
Radiation from the seed implants can also cause problems with the rectum and cause difficulty with having bowel movements.
Rectal pain during a bowel movement and loose stools are often experienced. These are usually temporary in nature although longer term problems can also occur.
The rectal problems caused by brachytherapy are often less severe than those caused by external beam radiation therapy.
Men treated with seed implants for prostate cancer often experience urinary symptoms such as painful urination, dribbling, and urinary frequency.
Urinary problems during or after brachytherapy are typically temporary, but can last months and can return as a longer term problem.
Sometime these symptoms are severe enough that medication, urinary catheterization, or surgery are needed to fix the problem.
Overall, urinary problems are often worse with brachytherapy than with external beam radiation therapy.
Rectal Problems / Problems With Bowel Movements
Similar to external beam radiation therapy, some men may experience erectile dysfunction during or following brachytherapy, sometimes this can become a chronic issue.
Studies that compare the long-term damage from the different forms of radiation showed that brachytherapy has some advantages in terms of early side effects, most men after brachytherapy get relief from their urinary symptoms within three months. However the long-term effects show a continual deterioration over time that is not dissimilar to external radiation. Typically between 13% and 18% of patients having brachytherapy will not survive beyond 15 years. The risk of rectal cancer is around 1%, the risk of bladder cancer is 1.3%. Bowel function impairment is fairly common and 30% of patients can expect painful urination longer-term. Long-term erectile dysfunction is also a common complaint.
Regardless of how radiation is applied, there may be an explanation which suggests that radiation is inherently counterproductive for the treatment of prostate cancer. Dr. Max Wicha is the founder of the University of Michigan 's Comprehensive Cancer center and a pioneer in research on why cancers recur and spread to other parts of the body.
He states categorically that his research leads him to conclude that standard cancer treatments not only often fail to eradicate cancer, but can make the cancer worse. He states that the reason is that inflammatory molecules secreted by dying tumor cells can hook up with the stem cells and cause them in effect to come out of hibernation.
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6/7 cases of prostate cancer will never become life-threatening and therefore do not need invasive treatments which
(despite all the claims by Doctors) have been shown by many studies not to increase life expectancy.
At the same time, these invasive procedures that often follow after a positive biopsy have the potential to cause significant damage to your quality-of-life.