Prostate Seed Implant Results
sexr.jpg (5261 bytes) Basic Results

overall
long term
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Comparisons

seeds versus external
iodine vs palladium
seeds alone
more on seeds alone
seeds plus external
surgery comparisons
seeds plus hormones

Outcome

follow up tests
complications

 

 

   
 

Results with seed implants are worse for patients with a higher Gleason Score (see here.) For low risk patients (stage T1c or T2a, Gleason 6 and PSA < 10, if the patient gets a good seed implant (optimal means the D90 dose = prescription dose) then the PSA cure rates at 8 years may be 94% (see here.) More studies show the importance of getting the proper dose to the cancer (see here, here, and here). The lower the PSA declines the better chance of cure (go here),

The published outcome results at 13 years and 15 years

 

   

Typical comparison studies include a local study of 1,305 T1/T2 patients treated with seeds (869) or radical prostatectomy (208) Curr Urol Rep 2002 Jun;3(3):250-7
Cure rates at 7 Years
Initial PSA level Seeds Radical Prostatectomy
0 - 4 90% 97%
4 - 10 76% 65%
10 - 20 64% 66%
 

Prostate seed implants alone work well for low risk patients but not so for higher risk patients (based on PSA or Gleason)