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Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

“In our analysis, we showed that EF preservation post-[seed brachytherapy] is multifactorial, and was influenced by a combination of patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors,” the authors noted.

What might these rates mean for clinicians? They can help us counsel our patients who are weighing the pros and cons of different types of prostate cancer treatment. Of course, a man’s oncologist can best guide him on his individual situation. However, being aware of these preservation rates, and other sexual issues that can result from treatment, may help us better understand our patients’ decision-making process.


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Resources

Mayo Clinic

“Prostate brachytherapy”

(February 26, 2014)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/prostate-brachytherapy/basics/definition/prc-20014309

National Cancer Institute

“Gleason score”

http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary?cdrid=45696

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Ong, Well Loon, et al.

“Long-term erectile function following permanent seed brachytherapy treatment for localized prostate cancer”

(Full-text. Article in press. Published online: July 30, 2014)

http://www.thegreenjournal.com/article/S0167-8140(14)00258-8/abstract

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