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Prostate Cancer

Effects of Seed Implant Radiation On People Around

11/06/2003

Question:

After radiation seed implants for prostate cancer, how important is it to stay away from other people due to the radiation?

Answer:

A frequently asked question. The radiation emitted by the seeds has a very limited penetration and there is little danger to others. To be cautious, many suggest not having small children sit on your lap for a week after the procedure, but other contact is fine. I hope this information is helpful to you. 

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University