Brachytherapy (seed travels)

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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
This last weekend we finally told all our children about my husbands cancer.  My daughter is a nurse at a major hospital in Riverside. She has been on the Cardiac ICU unit for 3 years there now.  (Yes, I am very proud of her. She is 25 next month) Anyways, she just told us about a patient they had reecently that had the Brachytherapy where one of the seeds had escaped and traveled to block an artery in the heart.  Has anyone out there heard of such or thing or any experiences where this has happened?  Would appreciate any feed back on this, can't seem to find any info on this but can be sure I will ask the doc on our therapy consult later this month.  When I know something I'll be sure to let rest of you know.
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James C.
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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't recall reading of anything lodging in the heart, but seed migration isn't that uncommon.  Most of what I read is movement into the bladder, urethea, seminal vessels and such localized areas.  There is now a stranded seeding that links all the seeds together with strands of something, to remove the posibility of migration.  I'll see if I can find the links later today.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   


I had read somewhere that 29% of seeds leave the prostate - they usually go to the bladder but some can end up in the lung - there is also the possibility of passing seed to partner during intercourse.  If you google "brachytherapy seed migration" you will get many sites for study.

Hope this helps.


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PSA 4.8      Gleason 3+3=6      Stage   T2b
Completed Proton Therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001 - No side effects.
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   Posted 9/13/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey all!

Must husband had the stranded seeding and not one "escaped"! 

Stranded seeding is relatively new in Toronto but we signed on anyway.  There is a chance that a seed can migrate but typically it does not produce any problems.  The patient beside us opted for "free seeding" we opted for "stranded".  I think the idea is that they can better cover the prostate with the stranded as they drop in a line and not "willy nilly" so to speak.  My husband has 91 permanently placed seeds.  Although their raditation is no longer active, they stay in place.

You should be advised by your physician to strain your urine the first few times (they'll provide the strainer) to see if you lose any seeds through urination - there is a specific procedure for disposing of same.  You should also be advised that you should use a condom for the first few months as a precaution.

If you have any other questions, fire away, I'll give tell you all I know ...



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