Is LDR brachytherapy right for me?

LDR brachytherapy delivers radiation treatment in a very localised and targeted manner using tiny radioactive seeds of Iodine-125, each about the size of a grain of rice. These are inserted permanently into the prostate gland.

It is a minimally invasive treatment with significant quality of life benefits over alternative treatments such as surgery and externally delivered radiotherapy.

Seed brachytherapy benefits:

• Same-day or overnight procedure

• Low incidence of severe side-effects such as impaired sexual function and incontinence. [1] 

• Rapid return to normal activities

A recognised and established Prostate Cancer treatment for over two decades. A study* of over 52,000 patients who had undergone different treatments for prostate cancer demonstrated that the progression-free survival was longest for Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy patients. Read more about the PCRSG study.

For more information, we encourage you to discuss LDR Brachytherapy with your oncologist (cancer expert), urologist (expert on the urinary system) or specialist nurse.

 *Prostate Cancer Results Study Group, available at (last accessed July 2016)

Brachytherapy side effects

Comparing side effects and benefits of LDR brachytherapy with different prostate cancer treatments.

A chart comparing side effects associated with different prostate cancer treatments

Reproduced with permission from The Prostate Brachytherapy Centre, Guildford.

Prostate cancer treatment selector chart

This chart will help you to discuss and compare brachytherapy with other treatments suitable for you.

A chart comparing brachytherapy with other treatments

Reproduced with permission from The Prostate Brachytherapy Centre, Guildford

*Figures for comparison

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