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An Overview of Prostate Seed Implantation (5227)

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An Overview of Prostate Seed Implantation

This handout explains what happens
when a prostate seed implant (PSI) is
done. It talks about what a PSI is and
how your doctor determines if a PSI is
right for you. It also briefly reviews
the PSI process.

What is a Prostate Seed Implant

A Prostate Seed Implant is a type of
treatment for prostate cancer. It uses
radiation “seeds”. The “seeds” are put
into the prostate gland by your
radiation doctor. They remain in place
permanently. The seeds spread
cancer-killing radiation to a small area
overtime. Large parts of the bladder
and rectum are avoided. Patients who
undergo a PSI must follow radiation
safety precautions. These are
explained in HFFY # 6567 Radiation
Safety for PSI.

Is a PSI right for me?

Your radiation doctor will determine
whether a PSI is right for you. Many
factors are involved. He or she will
talk to you about these factors. If the
radiation doctor thinks you may be a
candidate for this type of treatment,
and you want to go ahead, we will
begin the PSI process.

The PSI Process

A person having a PSI takes part in a
3-phase process. This process takes
place over a number of weeks. The
first phase of the process is called the
“Work-Up”. In this phase, various
issues are addressed to make sure that
a PSI is right for you. These issues
are explained in HFFY # 5508, The
PSI Work-Up. The PSI Work-Up
may show that a PSI is not right for
you. If this is the case, the radiation
doctor will talk to you about other
treatment options. The second phase
of the process involves tasks that you
must complete before the day of the
procedure. These are explained in
HFFY # 5731, How to Prepare for
your Prostate Seed Implant. The third
phase of the process speaks to what
happens after the PSI is done. These
issues are explained in HFFY #6568,
What to Expect after a Prostate Seed

Please call if you have any questions
or concerns. The phone number for
the Radiation Oncology Clinic is
(608) 263-8500. If you live outside of
the Madison area, call 1-800-323-
8942. If the clinic is closed, your call
will be transferred to our answering
service. Ask to speak to the radiation
doctor on call. The doctor will call
you back.

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have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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