Prostate High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

Prostate High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy is a very accurate way of delivering strong radiation doses directly to the prostate. Temporary needles are placed into the prostate, and the radiation dose is delivered via these needles. Once the treatments have been completed, the needles are removed and patients can go home. Prostate HDR is used to increase the dose, and offers the advantage that the dose is delivered directly to where it is needed. Prostate HDR is usually combined with external beam radiation but can also be used as definitive therapy (the only therapy planned).