posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 02:22 PM
Read this all the way through.....Scary "doctors recommend that for the first few months you stay at least six feet away from children and pregnant
This may be what set it off.......
Radioactive seed implants. Radioactive seeds implanted into the prostate have gained popularity in recent years as a treatment for prostate cancer.
The implants, also known as brachytherapy, deliver a higher dose of radiation than do external beams, but over a substantially greater period of
During the implant procedure — which typically lasts about one to two hours, done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis — between 40 and
100 rice-sized radioactive seeds are placed in your prostate through ultrasound-guided needles. The exact number of seeds inserted depends on the size
of your prostate. The therapy is generally used in men with smaller or moderate-sized prostates with small and lower-grade cancers. Sometimes, hormone
therapy is used for a few months to shrink the size of the prostate before seeds are implanted.
The seeds may contain one of several radioactive isotopes — including iodine and palladium. These seeds don't have to be removed after they stop
Iodine and palladium seeds generally emit radiation that extends only a few millimeters beyond their location. This type of radiation isn't likely to
escape your body in significant doses. However, doctors recommend that for the first few months you stay at least six feet away from children and
pregnant women, who are especially sensitive to radiation. All radiation inside the pellets is generally exhausted within a year.
Side effects of seed implants are somewhat different from that of external-beam radiation. Seed implants deliver a higher dose of radiation to your
urethra, causing urinary signs and symptoms, such as frequent, slower and painful urination, to occur in nearly all men. You may require medication to
treat these signs and symptoms, and some men require medications or the use of intermittent self-catheterization to help them urinate.
Urinary symptoms tend to be more severe and longer lasting with seed implants than with external-beam radiation. Rectal symptoms, however, may be less
frequent and less severe. Some men experience impotence due to radioactive seed implants.