There are three types of prostate cancer treatments. Brachytherapy is one of the most common forms and involves implanting a radioactive source into the prostate gland. Brachytherapy is more complicated than surgery, and it is often combined with external beam radiotherapy (RT). In most cases, the procedure requires an overnight hospital stay. Patients may feel some pain following treatment. Besides external beam RT, brachytherapy also uses the latest technology to give patients targeted radiation therapy.
Other treatment options include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which shows the inside of the prostate, and a digital rectal exam. This imaging can also detect cancer in nearby organs and bones. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should talk to your family and friends about your diagnosis and plan your treatment. Continue to eat healthily and exercise regularly. You should make notes if your doctor suggests surgery to better understand the potential risks. If possible, join a local support group.