The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Dr. John Watkins, Bismarck Cancer Center
Ask a Pro - Prostate Cancer

                                                       Bismarck Cancer Center

Q: My uncle said he had HDR Prostate Brachytherapy for the treatment of his prostate cancer, what is that?

A: HDR Prostate Brachytherapy directly places a source of radiation inside a patient’s prostate while the patient is sedated. This allows a higher radiation dose to the prostate area without affecting the tissue around it. Here’s how it works: 1. There will be a procedure to place the needles into the prostate. This will be done under anesthesia. 2. HDR treatment(s), which are also called fractions. Patients receive 1 or 2 treatments. The treatment is done right after the needle placement procedure and radiation is delivered to the area where it’s needed the most.

   After treatment, the needles are immediately removed and individuals go home the same day as the treatment. The benefits of HDR Brachytherapy are: Radiation to healthy tissue is minimized, reducing the potential for side effects, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and no hospital stay is necessary. Our patient satisfaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Patient is not radioactive after treatment, therefore no exposure to family or pets. For more information on this procedure, call the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6100.


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