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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Effects of Being Around Someone With Radiation Seed Implant
Hi. My father has prostate cancer and had radiation seeds implanted. His doctor told him that anyone under age 45 should keep at least 6 feet from him. His doctor stated that it is okay to give his grandkids a kiss and hug, but not to let them sit on his lap for any length of time. My son and I were planning on going on a weekend fishing trip with grandpa, 5 hours to and from in the car and sleeping in the same hotel room. Is this safe? What will the radiation do to us? Thanks.
This should not be a problem. Sitting on the lap for a week probably should be avoided, but other activities that you describe are perfectly safe.
Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University