Urology Services & Kidney Stone Center
Level 4 via Iolani Elevator
1301 Punchbowl Street,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
The Queen’s Medical Center Urology Services performs brachytherapy, a form of internal radiation used to treat prostate cancer. Small radiation sources, commonly called seeds, about the size of a grain of rice, are permanently inserted into the prostate. This treatment usually involves two procedures called a Volume Study and Radiation Seed Implantation.
Several weeks before the seeds are implanted, a volume study is performed, which lets doctors know the exact shape and size of the prostate.
This outpatient procedure allows you to return home the same day.
The second procedure before the Brachytherapy is the radiation seed implantation.
You will usually be discharged to return home on the same day after the anesthesia wears off.
High Dose Radiation (HDR) Brachytherapy is a temporary radioactive seed implantation procedure, which requires you to stay in the hospital for several days.