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A 35-year-old female asked:

My dad have proetate cancer for five years my dr implanted gold seeds how long will they last he had six treatment of radation so far?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
The expert panel of: Urologists should be right with you! good luck!
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Short time: Implanted radiation beads only have a defined time in which they work based on their half-life and how many seeds were implanted. They usually only work for a few millimeters - so your risk of radiation exposure as a family member is limited to none. The type of radiation used is important in predicting how long the "radiation" lasts.

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Last updated Nov 26, 2013

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