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What causes radiation burns during prostate cancer surgery?

Radioactive seed implantation (also called Brachytherapy) is a form of radiation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. The radioactive metal “seeds” (which are approximately the size of rice grain) are implanted, systematically and uniformly into the entire prostate gland commonly using ultrasound for guidance. The treatment is well tolerated by most patients and has few side effects. If the “seeds” are not implanted correctly into the target organ, (in this case the prostate gland) then the seeds can wind up in the rectum, urinary bladder, or other organs of the patient leading to numerous side effects including excruciating radiation burns. 

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