Guthrie Offers Real Time Seed Implants for Prostate Cancer

Guthrie Cancer Center is now offering prostate seed implants as an alternative, non-surgical treatment for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Dr. Omar Yumen, Chief of Guthrie’s Radiation Oncology said: “We are pleased to now offer our patients this non-surgical option for treating this condition. Prostate seed implants are a highly specialized radiation technique that involves the insertion of low dose rate seed implants into patients with prostate cancer. It can provide an alternative to surgery, and offer a less invasive cancer treatment program with fewer side effects.”

Prostate seed implants are done in a single visit under anesthesia by the radiation oncologist and urologist with the help of ultrasound imaging. The small, pellet-sized seeds release radiation in and immediately adjacent to the prostate, to kill any cells that escape from the prostate gland. The oncologist can also alter the amount of radiation these seeds emit, thereby achieving a high degree of accuracy.

Over 220,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States, making it one of the most common cancers among men. For many men, this slow growing cancer may not require treatment, but for others it can cause high levels of discomfort, and can spread to other parts of the body.

For more information on this new service, or to schedule an appointment call 570-887-2400.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.