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How does Brachytherapy Treatment for Lung and Prostate Cancer work?

Shortest procedure, a one-time 45 minute, minimally invasive treatment under general anesthesia. Patients return to normal activities next day. Brachytherapy has a better cure rate than IMRT for aggressive cancers.

Treatment involves placement of radioactive seeds, approximately the size of a small grain of rice into the prostate. Approximately 60 – 120 seeds are implanted through small needles into the prostate gland during this 45-minute outpatient procedure where you will be given general anesthesia to make you completely pain free during the procedure. The needles are placed through the perineal skin between the scrotum and rectum and not though the rectum, so the procedure is less irritating to the prostate than the biopsy. There are no stitches and no scar.

Dr Doggett was the second user in the USA to use a computer in the operating room to plan where to position the seeds, a technique known as intraoperative treatment planning. The seeds are arranged in a way to give off a uniform dose of radiation delivered exactly where it is needed and minimize radiation to normal tissues. The seeds remain in place after the procedure and lose their radioactivity over a period of time.

Dr. Stephen Doggett

Dr. Stephen Doggett

Radiation Oncologist

Stephen Doggett, M.D. received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1976 at the University of Florida, graduating with High Honors with an Interdisciplinary Major in Biochemical and Neural Sciences. He completed his college degree after three years of study, having begun college as a sophomore.


He completed his Medical Degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine (1980) and completed  an internal medicine internship at Richland Memorial Hospital at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Doggett's interest in Radiation Oncology led him to complete the residency program at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco (1986) and to complete a Fellowship in Brachytherapy and Hyperthermic Oncology at the  City of Hope National Medical Center (1987). Dr. Doggett has since focused his Private Practice in the area of Radiation Oncology and Brachytherapy. Dr. Doggett continues to publish and teach physicians.


In 2017, Dr Doggett was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology for his work in brachytherapy. Only 10% of Radiologists are awarded this honor during their career.

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